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

3-year-old Sadie Grace Andrews was with her family at Brusters Real Ice Cream store on E. University Dr. in Auburn on Saturday afternoon when she fell into a six foot deep in-ground grease container outside the store near a grassy area.

Officers responded around 12:45 p.m. and rushed her to East Alabama Medical Center when she died about an hour later.

The investigation shows that Sadie was outside the business with other family members playing in a grassy area.

A few minutes later, they couldn’t find her.

Video evidence from the ice cream shop shows Sadie playing when she fell through a lid covering the ground container and was submerged.

The City of Auburn released this statement on the tragedy saying:

“The City of Auburn expresses its deepest sympathies to everyone affected by the unthinkable tragedy involving the death of a child near Brusters Ice Cream in Auburn this weekend. A preliminary investigation by Auburn Police Division determined that Sadie Grace Andrews, age 3, died as a result of falling into a grease trap in a grassy area near the restaurant drive-through on Saturday, October 14. Officers responded at about 12:45 p.m. and arrived as CPR was being performed on the child. APD Officers continued CPR efforts until paramedics arrived and transported her to EAMC, where she was pronounced deceased at 1:28 p.m. The site of the incident has been secured until the property owner can take additional action.” The City of Auburn encourages the Auburn community to respect the family’s need for privacy at this difficult time, even as we join with them in mourning this tragic loss.”

The owners of the Auburn Bruster’s posted this on their Facebook:

“As the owner of the Auburn Bruster’s, our deepest condolences go to the family of the child who tragically died Saturday. They are acquaintances of ours and have been regular customers. We are truly heartbroken that this happened. Our thoughts also are with our young crewmember who tried to revive the child. Like all of us, he is quite shaken. The entire Bruster’s family is horribly saddened by this tragic accident. We continue to help local authorities investigate what caused this incredibly sad accident. We hope everyone in the community also will keep the family in their thoughts and prayers.”- Lance and Kara Latham

Statement from Jim Sahene, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream CEO

On behalf of the entire Bruster’s Real Ice Cream family, our sincerest sympathies go to the Andrews family, their friends and all of those touched by this horrible accident. We cannot imagine the grief the family is going through. When the time is right, we will reach out to the family to personally offer our condolences and assistance. Our thoughts and prayers also are with the owners of the Auburn shop and their employees.

In Bruster’s 28 years, nothing like this has ever happened. A thorough investigation is underway to determine how this tragedy occurred. 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.

As a father and grandfather myself, I cannot imagine the grief the family is going through. We can only hope that they find some comfort in the outpouring of support we have seen since this tragedy happened.

 

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

The case will be presented to a Lee County grand jury for disposition.

There’s also a page set up for Sadie’s funeral expenses.

If you would also like to help the family out with expenses, visit https://www.youcaring.com/tracyandcorrieandrews-980899.

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