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

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

  • Police were called at 9:27pm on Saturday night to the Sun Outdoors Camp Ground, on the southern tip of the Jersey Shore
  • They found a 3-year-old toddler ‘unresponsive’ after she’d been pulled from a sewage septic tank 
  • She was taken to the Cape Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead later that night 
  • Andrew DeLong, of Sun Outdoors Cape May, described the death as a ‘devastating accident’
  • ‘We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family as they face this incredibly difficult time,’ he said

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

Police received a 911 call at 9:27pm on Saturday night from the Sun Outdoors Cape May campground, in Lower Township, near the southern tip of the New Jersey peninsula.

They arrived to find the 3-year-old ‘unresponsive’ after she had been pulled from a sewage septic tank on the campsite.

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

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

Detectives from the Lower Township Police Department are investigating the girl's death, and say it appears to be an accident

Detectives from the Lower Township Police Department are investigating the girl’s death, and say it appears to be an accident 

The 'unresponsive' girl was taken to the Cape Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on Saturday night

The ‘unresponsive’ girl was taken to the Cape Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on Saturday night 

‘There was a tragic accident involving a child that occurred last night at our campground in Cape May, and first we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family as they face this incredibly difficult time,’ said Delong.

‘This was a devastating accident, and our thoughts are with the family and we also stand ready to provide any comfort and support they may need.’    

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

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

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

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

Sutherland said 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 campsites, RV sites and vacation rental cabins. 

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