A mother had to be rescued after she sank into the mud at the grave of her baby son who died at the age of just one month 12 years ago.
Michelle Marshall had gone to visit her son Bailey's grave at Ballyvester Cemetery in Donaghadee in County Down, Northern Ireland, on New Year's Eve on what would have been his 12th birthday.
She had tried to leave flowers and balloons on his headstone when she began sinking into a mix of mud and wet sand because of a suspected drainage problem at the cemetery.
Her sister and a passer-by managed to free her, but she said her shoes remained 'buried with my son.'
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Michelle Marshall (pictured) had to be rescued after she sank into the mud at the grave of her baby son who died at the age of just one month 12 years ago
'I am more angry right now than I've ever been,' she wrote on Facebook on New Year's Eve.
'It is my son's 12th birthday today and I went to his grave in Ballyvester cemetery with his flowers and balloons and ended up being buried in it nearly up to my knees.
'I had to be pulled out by my sister and another man and don't even have shoes anymore. They are buried with my son!'
She added: 'You can't imagine what it feels like to go to your baby son's grave to be faced with this on his birthday. I am completely broken-hearted.'
Ms Marshall said she has repeatedly complained about the conditions at the cemetery to the council responsible for maintaining it.
She's even considered exhuming her son's remains from the graveyard because of the issues, she told BBC News.
Ms Marshall's son Bailey (pictured) was born prematurely on December 31, 2005. He died from an infection 33 days later
Marshall had gone to visit her son's grave at Ballyvester Cemetery in Donaghadee in County Down, Northern Ireland, on New Year's Eve when she sank into a mix of mud and wet sand
But after her post on Facebook, she said staff from Ards and North Down Borough Council have been in touch about the problems.