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Your Daily WTF: Colorado Dad Has Newspaper Publish and then Retract Obituary for 7-Year-Old Son

By Meredith Carroll |

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Of all the things to lie about . . .

Grief can make people do unspeakable things. But doing unspeakable things that lead to grief is a whole other story.

Jason McCoy submitted an obituary to a newspaper in Glenwood Springs, Colo., after his 7-year-old son Seth died in early August.

However, as it turns out, Seth didn’t die.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent is reporting that McCoy called up to “backtrack” on his son’s obituary that had been published in the paper’s Aug. 31 edition. He originally said the boy died in August in a Denver-area hospital, although now he’s saying he’s no longer “certain” his son is dead.

“If [my son] is alive, I would love to see him,” McCoy told the newspaper. “I haven’t seen him in a month and a half.”

McCoy said he has questions, but now so do law enforcement officials in New Castle and Arapahoe County in Colorado, who said McCoy told them the boy is actually living with his mom in Denver and attending school there.

McCoy’s ex-wife, Jennifer Stretch, confirmed to the newspaper their son lives with her, and said she was “unsure why McCoy would claim that he had died.”

The boy’s obituary was submitted to the newspaper along with a woman named Bethany Tharp, who listed herself as the boy’s mom in the obituary. She claims she was in the process of adopting him when he died.

McCoy said it was the Arapahoe County Human Services Department who notified him that his son had died, although officials there said child welfare workers would always leave a task like that up to law enforcement officials.

Now McCoy said he’s awaiting a death certificate for his son from “authorities in the Denver area.”

Of course the boy’s mom said, thankfully, that won’t be forthcoming.

“This has gone too far,” Stretch told the Post Independent on Wednesday. “They know damn well he is alive.”

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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