Horrified mother finds six-month-old son’s casket floating in dirty puddle above ground days after burial

By EKIN KARASIN FOR MAILONLINE

A mother was left horrified when she visited her six-month-old son’s grave and found the casket floating above the ground on water – just nine days after he was buried.

Alicia Mackey had gone to see her son Ashton’s grave on Memorial Day with her family at New Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

But she was ‘heartbroken’ to discover that her baby’s white engraved casket was inexplicably sitting above the grave and floating in a dirty puddle.

Alicia Mackey was left horrified when she visited her six-month-old son Ashton's (pictured) grave and found the casket floating above the ground on water - just nine days after he was buried

‘I get to the cemetery and (the casket is) floating on top of what he’s supposed to be buried in. I couldn’t believe it,’ Ms Mackey told Fox 13 Memphis.

‘My emotions are all over the place. My heart is very broken.’

The distraught mother said she does not understand why or how the casket ended up sitting on the ground.

Ms Mackey went to the cemetery office for answers – but it was closed for the holiday.

She had buried her son just over a week ago on May 20.

But on Monday she and her relatives were forced to bury Ashton once again using shovels and dirty from a nearby field.

She had gone to visit her son Ashton's grave on Memorial Day with her family at New Park Cemetery (pictured) in Memphis, Tennessee

But she was 'heartbroken' to discover that the youngster's white engraved casket was inexplicably sitting above the grave, floating in a dirty puddle

‘I’m not going to be able to sleep. I already have nightmares. I don’t sleep. This is sad. I need to see him back like he was, up under there,’ Ms Mackey said.

‘I do not want to see this happen to no one else. Not even my enemy.’

MailOnline has contacted the cemetery for comment.

Shelby Country Health Department, which controls the cemeteries in the area, was closed because of the Memorial Day holiday.

It comes after another woman complained that when she visited her brother’s grave in 2015 it ‘looked terrible’.

‘Looked like he was on top of the ground, water everywhere. His headstone was unleveled,’ she told WREG.

Workers said this was not unusual, explaining that whenever it rained the new graves turn into ‘muddy messes’.

‘When the season changes the ground gets hardened back up. It hardens back up. See all this is loose,’ said Calvin Taylor, who works the grounds at the cemetery.

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