Father testifies about seeing son trapped under tombstone

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Trial opens in suit filed after Utah boy killed by tombstone.

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A 4-year-old Utah boy crushed by a tombstone while taking pictures with his family died after shoddy maintenance left the historic headstone weak and dangerous, lawyers for the child’s parents said as a trial opened in a lawsuit filed over the child’s death. They were staying at a nearby resort in the ski town, but decided to take the short walk to the picturesque outdoor spot during a brief break in the weather.

At his mother’s encouragement to help, Carson put his hands on the headstone so he could pop up behind and make the other kids laugh by pretending to be a leprechaun, Kramer said. Friends who were in the photos testified that Carson was staying close by, and Kramer said the parents would have cautioned their son to stay away if they had known the stone could fall. The family says steel dowels that held the stone to its base rusted out over the years and were replaced, and it was repaired with construction adhesive that eventually wore out.

Attorney Paul Belnap said the Horan family and volunteers had been making regular inspections of the cemetery in the months before the boy’s death as recently as two days before, and no one found any outward problems with the stone until the boy started playing on it a couple days later.

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