Cemetery cleared over death of boy crushed by tombstone

Published: Friday 30th October 2015 by The News Editor

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A Utah cemetery association was not negligent over the death of a four-year-old boy who was crushed by a historic headstone, a jury found.

Jurors delivered their decision in a family lawsuit over the death of Carson Dean Cheney, who was hiding behind the 250lb tombstone that fell while he took photos with his family in Park City.

Lawyers for the boy’s parents say the Glenwood Cemetery Association’s shoddy maintenance left the headstone weak and that it failed to warn people about potential danger even though headstones had fallen before.

The association says its volunteers conducted frequent inspections of the cemetery and the headstone was solid until the boy started playing on it on July 5, 2012.

Published: Friday 30th October 2015 by The News Editor

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