MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis family was left in complete disbelief when they visited the grave of their loved one, a 6-month-old who was buried Saturday, May 20th.
The family of Ashton Mackey wanted to spend Memorial Day remembering the child whose life was abruptly ended after becoming extremely ill.
When they arrived at New Park Cemetery Monday, what the family found was something a parent never wants to see after laying their child to rest.
Ashton's mother, Alicia Mackey, told FOX13 she found her son's casket floating in water, out of the ground.
"I get here and he's floating on top of what he's supposed to be buried in. I couldn't believe it," said Mackey.
Mackey said she has no idea how or why the casket ended up above ground. She tried to get answers from the cemetery, but a sign on the front door said they would be closed in observance of the holiday.
"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," said the mother.
The family said their goodbyes 9 days ago when they buried Ashton. Never would they have imagined they would be doing it all over again. This time, taking dry dirt from a nearby field to cover the casket. But the family did it without question.
"The family came together and laid that baby to rest. That's what families do," said Willie Jones, Ashton's uncle.
"I do not want to see this happen to no one else. Not even my enemy," said Mackey.
On the day of remembrance, a family prays, and then a flower is once again placed on the grave of a son, symbolizing a body at peace, in a garden that's been disturbed.
New Park Cemetery has since reached out to the family and offered to refund them their money and rebury the child.
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