Girl, 3, dies after ‘accidentally’ falling into Jersey Shore campground septic tank

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Girl, 3, dies after ‘accidentally’ falling into Jersey Shore campground septic tank

  • Police were called to the Sun Outdoors Camp Ground, on the southern tip of the Jersey Shore, at 9:27 PM on Saturday evening
  • They found a 3-year-old toddler who ‘didn’t respond’ after being taken from a septic tank
  • She was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead later that night
  • Andrew DeLong, of Sun Outdoors Cape May, described death as a ‘devastating accident’
  • “We want to express our sincere condolences to the family as they go through this incredibly difficult time,” he said

A 3-year-old girl has died after accidentally falling into a septic tank at a Jersey Shore campground Saturday night.

Police received an emergency number from the Sun Outdoors Cape May campground in Lower Township, near the southernmost tip of the New Jersey Peninsula, Saturday evening at 9:27 PM.

They arrived to find the 3-year-old ‘unresponsive’ after being removed from a sewage septic tank at the campsite.

The girl was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead later that night.

Andrew DeLong, regional vice president at Sun Communities & Sun RV Resorts, said the girl’s death was a “devastating accident.”

A 3-year-old girl has died after falling into a septic tank at the Sun Outdoors Cape May campground on the Jersey Shore on Saturday night.

A 3-year-old girl has died after falling into a septic tank at the Sun Outdoors Cape May campground on the Jersey Shore on Saturday night.

Lower Township Police Department investigators investigate the girl's death and say it appears to be an accident

Lower Township Police Department investigators investigate the girl's death and say it appears to be an accident

Lower Township Police Department investigators investigate the girl’s death and say it appears to be an accident

The “unresponsive” girl was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead Saturday night

“There was a tragic accident involving a child at our campsite in Cape May last night, and first we want to offer our sincere condolences to the family who are going through this incredibly difficult time,” Delong said.

“This was a disastrous accident, and our thoughts are with the family and we are also ready to provide them with all the comfort and support they need.”

In a joint statement, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Priole said that investigators who responded to the incident had launched an investigation into the death of this child.

The Sun Outdoors Cape May Campground offers campgrounds, RV sites, and vacation cabins in Cape May County on the Jersey Shore

The Sun Outdoors Cape May Campground offers campgrounds, RV sites, and vacation cabins in Cape May County on the Jersey Shore

The Sun Outdoors Cape May Campground offers campgrounds, RV sites, and vacation cabins in Cape May County on the Jersey Shore

An autopsy was performed Sunday morning by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sutherland said that while the incident was still under investigation, it appeared to be an accident.

The cause and manner of death would be released pending the final autopsy report.

The Sun Outdoors Cape May website says it offers campgrounds, RV sites, and vacation cabins.

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