The toddler was found unresponsive after being pulled from a septic tank and police were called to the Sun Outdoors Cape May campground in Lower Township, New Jersey

By Katie Mansfield

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’.

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.

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. 

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