A high school student mixed her cremated grandfather's ashes into homemade sugar cookies and shared them with several classmates, police in Northern California said on Wednesday.
"The student and a friend baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school near Sacramento on October 4 and Da Vinci Charter Academy students told some of their classmates that the cookies contained human ashes", said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov.
After investigators interviewed nine students who ate the cookies he concluded that there were other supporting details (he declined to disclose) that made the allegations credible. Doroshov said the students were unlikely to be charged with a crime, even if one can be found that would apply.
A classmate who unknowingly took a bite of one of the sandy-textured cookie said he believes they contained human ashes. "She had mentioned her grandpa's ashes before," classmate Andy Knox said.
Knox said that the girl, who was not identified by authorities, previously offered him cookies for swapping desks with another student in their class.
"I didn't believe her until she pulled out the urn," Knox said. "She told me there's a special ingredient in the cookie."
"I thought that she put drugs in it or something," he admitted.
The girl laughed and said the cookie contained her grandfather's ashes. "And I was really, I was kind of horrified", added Knox.
"If you ever ate sand as a kid, you know, you can kind of feel it crunching in between your teeth," he said. "So, there was a little tiny bit of that."
Investigators said other students knew of the ashes before eating some of the cookies.
Principal of the school, Tyler Millsap, issued a statement and posted on Facebook. He also emailed to parents that the incident "has been particularly challenging and we have responded appropriately and in the most respectful and dignified way possible."
He said those who were involved "are remorseful and this is now a personal family matter."
(With inputs from AP)