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Suit Settled Over Tombstone That Injured Pa. Child

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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Diocese of Scranton has settled a lawsuit with the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was hurt by a falling tombstone at an eastern Pennsylvania cemetery.

A Luzerne County judge on Thursday approved a $225,000 settlement the diocese reached with parents Patrick and Linda Frame, whose son’s leg was broken when a tombstone toppled at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Freeland in July 2010.

The lawsuit stated that the Tunkhannock family was visiting a relative’s grave when the boy touched a nearby tombstone, causing it to fall on him.

The parents argued in their suit that the diocese had a responsibility to identify and repair unstable stones.

A spokesman for the diocese said he wasn’t immediately able to comment about the settlement.

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