Ice cream shop reacts after child drowns in grease trap

Police investigating death of 3-year-old who fell into grease trap

Sadie fell through the pit during a family trip to Bruster's Ice Cream.

A 3-year-old Alabama girl reportedly drowned Saturday in a grease pit outside an Auburn ice cream shop.

Police said they received a call on Saturday afternoon about a missing toddler at the Auburn eatery. Officers responded at about 12:45 p.m. and arrived as CPR was being performed on the child. Harris maintains that her death was the result of an accidental drowning. She was taken to East Alabama Medical Center and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, police said.

WTVM reports that video evidence showed the girl was playing with her siblings when she fell through the lid. "She had been missing about 5-10 minutes when she was found unresponsive in the grease trap".

"As the owner of the Auburn Bruster's, our deepest condolences go to the family of the child who tragically died Saturday".

The owners of the Bruster's Ice Cream shop posted a statement on Facebook saying the Andrews' were regular customers and they are "truly heartbroken".

'The entire Bruster's family is horribly saddened by this tragic accident. "The City of Auburn encourages the Auburn community to respect the family's need for privacy at this hard time, even as we join with them in mourning this tragic loss".

'We continue to help local authorities investigate what caused this incredibly sad accident, ' the owners said.

"I know funeral costs will be exorbitant and the family is under a tremendous amount of grief right now".

Police said no foul play was suspected and the death investigation indicates the girl drowned in the sludge that was in the six-foot deep in-ground container.

'She taught me about being happy and loving life and loving people, ' Sadie's father Tracy Andrews told the outlet.

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