Girl baked grandfather’s ashes into cookies and gave them to classmates, police say

Police say the incident has ‘been particularly challenging’ ( Bloomberg via Getty Images )

A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather’s ashes into homemade biscuits and gave them to classmates, police in California have said.

The youngster and a friend shared the cookies with nine other pupils at Da Vinci Charter Academy in the city of Davis. Not all of them, it appears, were told about the macabre ingredient.

But Paul Doroshov, lieutenant with Davis Police, said it was unlikely anyone would be charged with a crime in connection with the incident.

He admitted investigators were unsure if one had, technically, even been committed.

A classmate who tried one said he had not known about the human touch when he first bit into the biscuit.

“She had mentioned her grandpa’s ashes before,” said Andy Knox. “She told me there’s a special ingredient in the cookie.”

He said he tried one without linking the two things but became worried afterwards. “I thought that she put drugs in it or something,” he said.

The boy added that the girl laughed and said the cookie contained her grandfather’s ashes. “I was kind of horrified,” he said. “If you ever ate sand as a kid, you know, you can kind of feel it crunching in between your teeth. There was a little tiny bit of that.”

Investigators said other students knew of the ashes before eating the biscuits.

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