3-year-old Drowns in Grease Pit at Auburn Ice Cream Shop

Ruben Ruiz
October 17, 2017

Officers responded at about 12:45 p.m. and arrived as CPR was being performed on the child.

She was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:28 p.m.

Authorities later located surveillance footage showing Sadie playing behind the store with two of her siblings when she fell through.

Sadie was visting the shop with her family and had been missing for about 5 to 10 minutes before she was found unconscious in the 6-foot-deep container full of cooking grease, the Opelika-Auburn News reported.

Police say no foul play is suspected and the case is being investigated as an accidental death.

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The owner of an Auburn ice cream store is reacting after a weekend death in which a 3-year-old girl fell into the store's grease trap and drowned. As a precaution, we have asked all of our franchisees to conduct an additional inspection of their grease traps to make sure they are safe. She died in the emergency room at the hospital, Harris said.

The family posted a YouCaring page, which has raised more than $13,000 for funeral expenses. "And she really was that. always expressing gratefulness and love for God and other people".

"The wooden top turned out to be rotten; Sadie fell thru; that's why it took 45 min.to find her. Coroner's office was going to do an autopsy, but Tracy intervened; police had video evidence that it was an accident", he explained.

Andrews' mother, Corrie Andrews, tells Al.com that Sadie Grace was a "little blonde bundle of joy", with an "infectious smile".

"Please keep this family in your prayers as they suffer through this tragedy", Harris said. They are acquaintances of ours and have been regular customers. "We are truly heartbroken that this happened", the couple wrote. Like all of us, he is quite shaken. "The entire Bruster family is horribly saddened by this tragic accident".

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