A distraught mother is looking for answers after she found the site of her son’s grave dug up, with the vault open, showing a missing casket.
Monica Valdez says she went to visit the grave at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas on January 30.
But instead of finding the unmarked grave, where she buried her five-month-old son in November 2013, she found a large hole.
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Speaking to CW33, Valdez said: ‘There is like, no words.
‘I wanna know where he is, who did it, why did they pick up his grave,’
Valdez and her family are said to be looking for answers as to how this could have happened but the funeral home have denied the accusations that the grave has been dug up and say that her son is still buried there.
Valdez’s attorney, Ramez Shamieh, told DailyMail.com: ‘Monica and her family have been unable to properly grieve and allow their loved one to rest in peace. My only goal is to provide this family with an answer to the following question: Where is their child?
‘Restland’s attorney and directors have indicated that they have been investigating this issue for over 14 months, and they are 100% certain that Monica’s child is in the same location where he was initially buried.
‘They also indicated that they have proof to confirm their investigation. I have repeatedly asked Restland to provide me with this alleged proof, but to date, they have not produced anything to support their position.
‘Their lack of responsive documentation to our inquiry, while also trying to engage in amicable dialogue, leads me to believe that they are concealing what happened while hoping that my clients remain silent.’
In a statement posted on Facebook, Restland Funeral Home said: ‘We are most disappointed in these accusations brought forth by this family . We have confirmed that the allegations are simply not true.
‘We have repeatedly reached out to this client family, since October 2014, to share with her the results of our investigation into her concerns.
‘We have offered to take any and all steps to confirm for her that we provided our services and care appropriately and professionally. Beyond this, we must respectfully maintain the privacy and confidentiality of this family.’
But Restland Funeral Home said: ‘This family’s loved one rests in the same space originally placed and has not been moved or disturbed by the company in any way’
Since the incident Valdez has taken to Facebook to express her concerns about the funeral home.
Mother Valdez said: ‘There is like, no words’
She writes that the funeral home handled the a service back in 2013 in an ‘unprofessional’ manner and printed her son’s death certificate with incorrect information.
Valdez then goes on to describe how she had visited her son’s grave to find it ‘dug up’, while – according to Valdez – Restland Funeral Home said her son was not buried in that spot.
She also said that in 2014 the he went to visit the grave and found a headstone for a set of twins rather than her son’s.
Valdez added that the funeral home had requested pictures of her sons grave to establish if the site of what she believed to be her son’s grave was correct which, she says, she did.
Restland Funeral Home released this statement to DailyMail: ‘We are most disappointed in these defamatory allegations against our company. We have rigorous procedures in place for the handling of the deceased and allegations of impropriety on the part of our company in this matter are simply false.
‘This family’s loved one rests in the same space originally placed and has not been moved or disturbed by the company in any way. We have repeatedly reached out to the family to share with them the results of our investigation and have offered to take all steps necessary to demonstrate that our care and service was appropriate and professional.
‘We remain ready to prove that nothing untoward has happened to the deceased in this case, and are hopeful that unnecessary sensationalism and unsubstantiated allegations will not stand in the way of doing so.
‘Beyond this, we must respectfully maintain the privacy and confidentiality of this client family while steadfastly defending the company and its employees against these reckless allegations. ‘