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Upstate NY Farm Owner Admits to Child Labor Crimes in Teen Death

Sept. 21, 2018, 2:03 PM

An upstate New York farm owner admitted to criminal child labor violations in the July 2015 death of a 14-year-old worker crushed while using a hydraulic lift to move hay bales.

Luke Park, the owner of the Park Family Farm in Homer, N.Y., pleaded guilty to charges of endangering the welfare of a child, employing a minor in prohibited work, and willfully failing to pay unemployment-fund contributions in his Sept. 20 plea in Cortland County Court. He was charged with the crimes by the state attorney general’s office in November 2016.

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