A memorial fund is being started to buy a headstone for a rural Kearney County toddler who died from injuries allegedly caused by his caretakers. Four year old Landon Payne died at the hospital last December after falling from a bunk bed. Prosecutors say Payne died from child abuse just three days before Christmas.
Three people were charged in connection with the death. Seven other children lived at the same home as Payne and they were placed in state custody. Court records say the boy was found with numerous signs of past abuse. A local funeral home is selling the headstone at cost and the goal is 800-dollars in donations. An account is set up at Platte Valley State Bank.