Man finds 6-month-old grandson's coffin floating in water

Ashton Mackey, 6-months-old, died from cerebral palsy. His family discovered his casket out of the ground and floating in water Monday (SOURCE: Family)
Ashton Mackey, 6-months-old, died from cerebral palsy. His family discovered his casket out of the ground and floating in water Monday (SOURCE: Family)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After burying his 6-month-old grandson less than two weeks ago, a man went to the cemetery to put flowers on the grave and discovered something disturbing.

Tony Jones arrived at New Park Cemetery on Horn Lake Road to see his grandson's coffin out of the ground, upside down, and floating in the water.

Jones' grandson, Ashton Mackey, was buried a week and a half ago after the child died from cerebral palsy.

"It just brought back all those feelings I had a couple of weeks ago and how disgraceful it is," Jones said.

Jones thinks Ashton's casket was not buried properly and the heavy rain caused it to float out of the ground. The graves next to it, located in the section of the cemetery called Babyland, are intact.

The family said the discovery of Ashton's coffin floating in the water traumatized them.

The family wanted to put the casket upright and re-bury little Ashton, but Jones was apprehensive.

"I'm hoping he's not floating in the water also," Jones said.

They were able to put the casket upright and move it while they removed the water from the grave bucket by bucket. Then, after removing the water, they reburied the child - making sure to put plenty of dirt on top.

"Disgraceful. Disgraceful. Ain't nothing else I can say about it," Jones said.

The family contacted police. They were unable to talk with anyone at New Park because the office is closed.

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