Lawsuit Filed Over Utah Boy’s Falling Tombstone Death

July 22, 2013
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The parents of a Lehi boy who was killed after a tombstone fell on him last year are suing the cemetery’s association.

According to a lawsuit filed in Utah’s Third District Court, 4-year-old Carson Dean Cheney was posing for photos with family at Glenwood Cemetery in Park City on July 5 when a 4-foot-tall tombstone fell on him.

The lawsuit says the child only lightly touched the tombstone before it fell.

The boy’s parents are seeking more than $300,000 from the Glenwood Cemetery Association and claim the organization negligently attempted to fix the headstone years before.

The group’s president said last year that families are responsible for maintaining the headstones.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    Big Mike says:
    Forgive my logical reasoning here, but I'm thinking if a four-year-old child only "lightly touched" a four-foot tall tombstone, the thing wouldn't've fallen over just like tha... read more
  • July 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    M. Prankster says:
    Doesn't a homeowner's policy extend liability coverage to the insured's cemetery plot? I guess the deceased's HO policy has lapsed long ago, tho...
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