No fine for Pa. couple that buried boy at home

April 5, 2011 3:49:25 PM PDT
A township in eastern Pennsylvania has reversed its stance and won't cite a couple who buried their 10-month-old son at home because they couldn't afford a burial plot.

The Reading Eagle newspaper reports Colebrookdale Township commissioners announced Monday they will pay James and Chantal Dodson's expenses for resolving legal questions over the burial of their son, Jesse.

Township Solicitor Jeffrey Karver says both sides have agreed the grave will remain undisturbed.

Last month, the commissioners said the family needed a zoning variance and the burial constituted a zoning violation that could result in fines.

James Dodson said he couldn't afford a burial plot for his son, who died in August of a congenital liver condition that left the family with more than $30,000 in medical bills.

Information from: Reading Eagle