Criminal Justice

Tombstone Ceremony for Christian Choate

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November 1, 2013 — A boy who died at the hands of his abusive father is receiving a permanent memorial.

Ridgelawn Funeral Home and Cemetary in Gary held a dedication ceremony today for Christian Choate’s tombstone.

Christian was found buried in a shallow grave near his family’s home in 2011.  After his body was recovered by police, it was buried at Ridgelawn in an unmarked grave last year.

Police reports say the boy was starved and locked in a dog cage before being beaten to death.

Christian’s father Riley Choate and step-mother Kimberly Kubina each pleaded guilty to charges of neglect.

The dedication ceremony for the tombstone took place at the cemetary with a grave marker purchased with donations from strangers across the country.




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