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Girl, 5 Years Old, Dies After Falling Into Septic Tank

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Videographer: Dan Matics
Also Contributing: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jun. 16, 2014 3:02 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 16, 2014 11:50 PM EDT

Septic Tank Death
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Gallipolis , Gallia County , Ohio

A 5-year-old girl has died after she fell into a septic tank in Gallia County, Ohio.

Family members identified the girl as Alexis Young of Addison Township.

Family members told Eyewitness News, Sunday afternoon Alexis was playing on the old lid of a septic tank when it appears to have crumbled, causing her to fall in. TJ Young, victim's uncle, said about 10 minutes passed before they figured out where she had gone, found her and pulled her out.

The child was transported to Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, and later transferred to Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The Franklin County Coroner's Office notified Gallia County authorities that the victim died early Monday morning.

"It's been complete and utter chaos and disbelief," Young said. "I'm still waiting for someone to pinch me to wake up."

Young said their family had just moved from a larger city two weeks ago. He said Alexis loved exploring the outdoors.

"She knew how to cheer you up," Young said. "She was constantly running around and playing."

The Gallia County Sheriffs Department said the case appears to be accidental but further investigation is being conducted.

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