girl, 3, drowns in U.S. grease pit

Authorities say a three-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 that 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.

ABC NEWS reports Harris as saying that the girl was found several minutes later inside the grease container, which was 6 feet (1.8 meters) deep.

He said no foul play is suspected. The girl’s name was not immediately released.

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