8-year-old boy dies after tombstone falls on him - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

8-year-old boy dies after tombstone falls on him

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
LYNN, AR (KAIT) -

Dec. 12 UPDATE: Investigators say an 8-year-old boy was climbing a tombstone when it fell on him.

Detective Jaime White of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office told Region 8 News that the boy was climbing a tombstone, dated 1906, shaped like a tree stump when it became loose.

White did not release the child's name, citing the boy's age. 


An 8-year-old boy died in Lynn Saturday while attending a birthday party at a church.

According to Andrew Turner, a detective with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, the boy was playing in a cemetery behind a church when a large tombstone fell on him.

The boy was taken to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Members of the church say the accident shocked the community. 

"Just an eight-year-old rambunctious young man, just like many eight-year-old young men and full of life," said Jeff Neely, the church's pastor. "There is definitely a lot of prayer being sent up on behalf of their family."

Church members are planning to help the family financially in some way. 

"Just trying to love them and let them know that we support them and trying to comfort them and give peace as best we can," said Neely.

Turner said he does not believe foul play is involved.

The child's name has not been released.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • First Alert: Showers and thunderstorms expected

    First Alert: Showers and thunderstorms expected

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 9:42 AM EDT2018-06-20 13:42:21 GMT
    A few storms could become intense today (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)A few storms could become intense today (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    Brian Alworth says our weather will gradually become more active over the next couple of days as a deep low-pressure area approaches from the northwest. 

    Brian Alworth says our weather will gradually become more active over the next couple of days as a deep low-pressure area approaches from the northwest. 

  • Missing 80-year-old IL man found safe at a friends house

    Missing 80-year-old IL man found safe at a friends house

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 9:09 AM EDT2018-06-20 13:09:22 GMT
    ISP issued an Endangered Person Advisory for James Crews (Source: LEAP)ISP issued an Endangered Person Advisory for James Crews (Source: LEAP)

    The police department said 80-year-old James Crews was found safe and secure at a friend's home on Wednesday, June 20. 

    The police department said 80-year-old James Crews was found safe and secure at a friend's home on Wednesday, June 20. 

  • What you need to know June 20

    What you need to know June 20

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:34 AM EDT2018-06-20 09:34:06 GMT
    Rain in headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)Rain in headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, June 20. First Alert Forecast A slightly wetter pattern starts today. 

    Good morning, it is Wednesday, June 20. First Alert Forecast A slightly wetter pattern starts today. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'Cut my hair': Officer and woman struggle during violent arrest

    'Cut my hair': Officer and woman struggle during violent arrest

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-06-20 02:59:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:12:26 GMT
    Alonso Luna struggled to tell another passenger to get the incident on video before she was forced out of the vehicle. (Source: CNN)Alonso Luna struggled to tell another passenger to get the incident on video before she was forced out of the vehicle. (Source: CNN)

    It involves a woman being dragged from the front seat of a car. And it involves an officer having her hair cut in order to break free of the suspect’s grip.

    It involves a woman being dragged from the front seat of a car. And it involves an officer having her hair cut in order to break free of the suspect’s grip.

  • Wrong newborn given to parents in WV

    Wrong newborn given to parents in WV

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:19 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:19:25 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:09:55 GMT

    Parents say a family spent valuable bonding time with the wrong newborn, including taking photos with him.

    Parents say a family spent valuable bonding time with the wrong newborn, including taking photos with him.

  • Parents get into massive brawl at TN softball game

    Parents get into massive brawl at TN softball game

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:35 AM EDT2018-06-20 04:35:33 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:57 AM EDT2018-06-20 04:57:49 GMT

    Video shows almost a dozen parents erupt into a fight at a girls' softball tournament.

    Video shows almost a dozen parents erupt into a fight at a girls' softball tournament.

Powered by Frankly