UPDATE: Child Dies After Falling into Septic Tank

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colerove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colerove Email

UPDATE 6/16/14 @ 10 p.m.
GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – A 5-year-old girl died after falling into a septic tank.

Family members say 5-year-old Alexis Young and her mother had just moved back to Gallia County from Pennsylvania two weeks ago to be closer to family.

"(Alexis) and her cousin would be going to kindergarten together,” Alexis’s aunt Annie Young said. “She was so excited."

The drama started a little after noon Sunday at their home on Bullaville Pike when the girl’s family noticed she was missing.

"I'd seen her out in the yard playing in the sand box,” Annie said, “and about 5 minutes later, her mom came over and asked if she was at my house, which is nothing new. We're 20 feet apart."

The next moments played out like a nightmare.

"We figured she was hiding under one of the porches, (which was) not an unfamiliar game,” Annie said. “Her grandmother noticed the lid was open to the septic, and her baby dolls were down in it, and I reached down to get her baby dolls, and it wasn't a doll. It was her."

The 5-year-old wasn't talking or moving.

"When I noticed it was her in the water, I just dove head first,” Annie said.

Alexis was first rushed to Holzer Medical Center, where Annie says they were able to bring her heartbeat back.

She was flown to Children's Hospital in Columbus and pronounced dead early Monday morning.

The aunt says the septic tank lid was covering it before Alexis fell in. She says pieces of the lid were found inside, which makes them believe it broke while Alexis was standing on it.

GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A 5-year-old girl has died after falling into a septic tank.

The Gallia County Sheriff says the accident happened at a home along Bullaville Pike in Addison Township Sunday afternoon.

Emergency responders say the girl was not breathing when they arrived at the house. She was first taken to Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis and later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Columbus, where she died Monday morning.

Sheriff Joe Browning said, according to the 911 call, the child had not been seen for about 10 minutes prior to being found.

The child’s name will not be released until all family members are notified.

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