Alabama girl dies after falling into grease pit at ice cream shop

By Ray Downs  |  Oct. 16, 2017 at 12:25 AM
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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A 3-year-old Alabama girl is dead after she fell into a grease pit at an ice cream shop and drowned, officials said.

The girl was playing with her siblings at the shop when she fell through a covering on a six-foot deep grease trap, according to Lee County Coroner Bill Harris.

The girl was missing for several minutes before she was found unresponsive in the pit.

Relatives and employees at the ice cream shop tried to revive the child and she was rushed to the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala., where she was pronounced dead.

The girl's death has been ruled an accident.

"Please keep this family in your prayers as they suffer through this tragedy," Harris said.

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