Girl, 3, drowns in grease pit at Alabama ice cream shop

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AUBURN, Ala. – 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. The girl’s name was not immediately released.

A fundraising campaign on YouCaring.com is currently accepting donations for the little girl’s funeral expenses.

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