Family: Wrong tombstone placed on grave of 9-year-old girl

Relatives of 9-year-old Amiyah

Relatives of 9-year-old Amiyah "Mimi" Dunston say they were angered and saddened to find the wrong headstone was moved to the child's grave site at the Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale. (2/15/17)

UNIONDALE - The family of a 9-year-old girl who was killed in a tragic dog attack says they are suffering all over again after someone else's tombstone was placed on her grave.

Marlena West, the grandmother of 9-year old Amiyah Dunston says she discovered on Tuesday that a monument company had mistakenly placed a headstone of a stranger on top of her granddaughter’s grave at the Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale.

As News 12 has reported, Dunston died after being mauled by a pit bull in Elmont in 2015.

In cellphone video, cemetery workers hastily removed the headstone installed Tuesday.

The Town of Hempstead operates the cemetery, and spokesman Mike Deery says the headstone placement by S&S monuments was a mistake.
"The monument company placed the headstone on the wrong grave. Under state law, the cemeteries are not permitted to place the headstone,” he says.

Family members say they wonder if the mistake may include switched graves, but Deery says the graves of Dunston and the other deceased person were not disturbed.

Newsday reports that three other families suffered similar graveside mistakes since 2006, and there have been calls for reform.

The Town of Hempstead says it may have cemetery workers escort headstone installers in the future to ensure no further grave location mistakes are made.  


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