Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Toddler accidentally drowns after falling in grease pit at ice cream shop

Toddler accidentally drowns after falling in grease pit at ice cream shop

A 3-year-old girl died Saturday afternoon when she fell into a grease trap and drowned at an ice cream parlor in Auburn, police said.

According to the Lee County Coroner, a child was reported missing at Bruster's Real Ice Cream on East University Drive at 1:00 p.m.

Video surveillance of the area shows her playing with her siblings and falling through a lid covering one of the grease pits on the property. Harris maintains that her death was the result of an accidental drowning. Our thoughts also are with our young crewmember who tried to revive the child. Minutes later, she was found unresponsive in an in-ground, 6-foot container of grease behind the shop.

The child was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

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AUBURN, Ala. - There is a heavy police presence at the Bruster's Ice Cream shop along Shug Jordan Parkway after Auburn police say a child went missing and was later found injured.

"I'm just so thankful for the three years we had with her", Tracy Andrews, Sadie's father, told

Sadie's mother, Corrie Andrews, said the girl would "light up a room with her smile". We are truly heartbroken that this happened, ' said owners Lance and Kara Latham. The entire Bruster's family is horribly saddened by this tragic accident. We hope everyone in the community also will keep the family in their thoughts and prayers'.

The family posted a YouCaring page raising more than $12,000 for funeral expenses.

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