3-year-old dies after drowning in grease pit at AL ice cream shop


A 3-year-old died after falling into a grease pit at an Auburn ice cream shop Sunday afternoon.

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. The child was missing for 5-10 minutes before she was found in a grease trap on the property.

Family members and employees of the ice cream shop immediately began CPR. The child was rushed to the hospital, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

The coroner says video evidence shows the child playing with two siblings when she fell through a lid covering the grease pit.

No foul play is suspected and the death is being ruled an accidental drowning.

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