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Jul 6, 2012 8:19 PM by Siera Santos

Boy dies after tombstone topples onto him in Utah

MICHELLE RINDELS
Associated Press

A 4-year-old boy is dead after a large tombstone toppled onto him while his family and some friends gathered at a historic cemetery in a Utah ski resort town.

Police Capt. Phil Kirk says Carson Dean Cheney was at the Glenwood Cemetery in Park City on Thursday evening when the 6-foot-tall headstone detached from its base and fell on him.

The boy's grandmother Geri Gibbs tells The Associated Press that he and his family were visiting from Lehi, about an hour away. She says they were at the old cemetery while his father took photos of friends and relatives.

Gibbs says the boy was holding onto the heavy headstone when some metal connecting it to the pedestal broke.

The child suffered injuries to his head, chest and abdomen. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

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