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01/10/2012 02:14 pm ET Updated Jan 10, 2012

Traci England, Wisconsin Medical Examiner, Arrested For Keeping Part Of Human Spine To Train Dog

A medical examiner working in Oneida County, Wis. was arrested last week for removing and keeping a human body part she intended to use to train her dog.

Police launched an investigation into the conduct of Traci J. England, 44, after she reportedly kept a part of the deceased's spine from an autopsy she attended Jan. 3, according to a release from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. England was arrested on misconduct of public office and theft charges.

The Rhinelander resident, who has worked for the county since 2002, told police she planned to use the body part to train one of her dogs to recover human remains, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Bloom told the Wausau Daily Herald. England is out on bond and has been placed on paid administrative leave from her forensic position, but was ordered by Oneida County Circuit Reserve Judge Conrad Richards not to work with or possess any human body parts in the future.

England is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 30.

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