Girl Dies After Falling Into Septic Tank

Tragic end to the search for a missing Lakewood, NJ girl

By David Chang
|  Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 3:16 PM EDT
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The body of a 2-year-old child was found Monday evening near a home in Lakewood, N.J. Investigators in Ocean County say the child was playing in the yard of a home on Spruce Street. Her mother reported her missing just before 5 p.m. Around 7:30 the child's body was discovered in the septic tank, say investigators. It's believed she fell down a hole about three feet wide into the tank. Investigators say it appears to be a tragic accident. NBC10's Claudia Rivero reports.

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The body of a 2-year-old child was found Monday evening near a home in Lakewood, N.J. Investigators in Ocean County say the child was playing in the yard of a home on Spruce Street. Her mother reported her missing just before 5 p.m. Around 7:30 the child's body was discovered in the septic tank, say investigators. It's believed she fell down a hole about three feet wide into the tank. Investigators say it appears to be a tragic accident. NBC10's Claudia Rivero reports.

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A young girl is dead after falling inside a septic tank in Ocean County, New Jersey.

On Monday, around 4:50 p.m., police say they were contacted by a woman who reported she could not find her 2-year-old daughter identified as J.C. Police arrived at the home on East Spruce Street and began to search.

Investigators say search teams found a 3-feet-wide hole in the yard that led to a septic tank. They called in the Lakewood Township Public Works Department to pump water out from the tank. Around 7:30 p.m., police say the water level dropped and emergency crews found the girl's body, which they carefully removed.

Investigators believe J.C. was playing in the yard with her four siblings when she fell down the hole into the septic tank. They also say the girl's mother was inside her home with her 2-month-old child when the accident happened. Family members of the girl spoke to NBC10 about the tragedy.

"I just saw it on the news," said Selena Lozado Rojas, the girl's aunt. "It's a terrible accident that I never thought could happen to my niece." 

No one has been charged in the incident. Police continue to investigate.


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