Mother-daughter dispute damages Maine cemetery

Published On: Oct 02 2013 08:03:10 AM HST

The operators of a cemetery in Monmouth say a dispute between a mother and her daughter led to thousands of dollars in damage.

Police said the two rammed their cars into each other, leaving a trail of smashed headstones in their wake.

"This is tons of material here. I couldn't fathom it," said Michael Cyr who helps run the Monmouth Ridge Cemetery.

Cyr said he was stunned by the destruction he found Saturday morning.

"Stones rolled over, pushed off their bases, broken crashed car parts, bumpers, bumper pieces, light pieces, everything else," said Cyr.

Monmouth police said the damage was caused Friday night during a confrontation between a mother and daughter.

Police said the daughter, who believed her mother was drunk, repeatedly rammed her mother's car in an attempt to stop her from driving.

"For lack of a better word, it was a cat and mouse kind of thing. The mother was trying to get away. The daughter was trying to get around stuff. As she was doing it, she was hitting stones," said Monmouth Police Chief Kevin Mulherin.

Police initially arrested the two on several charges, including reckless conduct. They have since dropped the charges but expect once the investigation is complete the district attorney will file new charges.

"The charges were dismissed only because they're trying to get the correct charges on the girls," said Mulherin.

Meantime, the cemetery has a huge mess on its hands. The damaged headstones, many more than 200 years old and worth thousands of dollars, need to be repaired or replaced. Early estimates put the damage at more than $30,000.

"They're all hand cut, not like modern methods of cutting, so in order to be true to what the families intended it's going to be expensive to replace them," said Cyr.

Cyr said the cemetery does not have the money to cover the costs.


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