A Texas woman was charged with abuse of a corpse for throwing her ex-boyfriend’s mother’s ashes into a lake after reportedly cheating on her.
In 2020, Ernest Smith, 38, reported his mother’s urn missing. That’s because 40-year-old Augustine Gladney, his girlfriend at the time, dumped them into Lake Worth.
According to the Fort Worth Police Department, Smith told officers that he heard Gladney on the phone with her daughter telling her about throwing the urn in the lake.
She later confessed in a text message to throwing his mother’s ashes in the lake.
On May 4, Gladney was charged with abuse of a corpse.
Originally, the offense was a Class A misdemeanor, punishable “by up to a year in jail and a maximum $4000 fine.” However, in 2017, Senate Bill 524 changed “abuse of a corpse” from a misdemeanor to a state felony. In Texas, it is punishable “by six months to two years in a state jail facility and up to a $10,000 fine.”
Although the incident happened two years ago, Gladney is just now being charged, and the public is learning of the vengeful plot. A viral video circulating on TikTok allegedly showed the woman tossing her partner’s mother’s ashes into a river for allegedly cheating.
The video is captioned, “He cheated so I threw his mom ashes in the river.”
The video has not been confirmed as a real incident and is being deemed a comedy skit.
@starringsaraa Did she take it too far ? 😳😳😳😳😳 smh #relationshipgoals ♬ I Get Crazy – Scritchmatic
The TikToker, @starringsaraa, posed the question “Did she take it too far ?”
Real or not, social media users have a few comments on the situation.
Any other time I’d be like “what did he do to her?” But nah! You don’t play with nobody’s ashes! Idc what that man did
— Big Homie (@uhMEANuhh) June 4, 2022
She is Lucky it’s her in jail and not him for throwing her off that same bridge, this is Beyond Disrespectful 😡
— hart2hart (@hart2ha32077097) June 4, 2022
Mannn regardless of what he did or didn’t do you don’t fuck with no body ashes especially your mothers ashes. If she thought she was being funny & thought that shit was cool smh Lord help her. Like most females fuck with ya nigga game system or shoes but y’all taking it too far!!
— ✨Кσкαнн Кσкαιиє✨ (@buttaabhabie) June 4, 2022