AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a 3-year-old girl is dead after she fell into a grease pit at an Alabama ice cream shop and drowned.
The Opelika-Auburn News reports the girl's body was pulled Saturday from an in-ground container used to trap cooking grease at Brewster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said in a news release the death appears to be an accidental drowning. He said video evidence from the scene showed the girl playing with siblings when she apparently fell through a lid covering a grease pit on the ice cream parlor's property.
Harris said the girl was found several minutes later inside the grease container, which was 6 feet deep. He said no foul play is suspected.
According to local reports, the girl has been identified as Sadie Andrews. A YouCaring page has been set up for the girl and her family. So far, it's raised $13,000.
The ice cream shop posted this update on its Facebook page, saying the victim and her family are acquaintances and regular customers: