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AUBURN, AL – A 3-year-old girl drowned Saturday afternoon after she fell into an ice cream shop’s grease pit.

On Saturday, 3-year-old Sadie Andrews was reported missing as her family were getting ice cream at Bruster’s Ice Cream shop.

She was last seen playing with her five siblings in a grassy area near the shop that contains picnic tables.

Five to 10 minutes later, someone figured out the girl had fallen into the shop’s six-foot-deep, in-ground grease pit.

CPR was performed on the scene after she was pulled out, but she would be pronounced dead of accidental drowning after being rushed to the hospital.

Surveillance footage would show that as Sadie was playing, she fell through the grease trap’s cover, which was not locked or secured, which closed behind her. Sadie’s family says that the lid was wooden and had rotted through.

Police do not feel foul play was involved and are classifying the girl’s death a tragic accident.

“Her name means ‘God’s thoughtful princess,'” her mother said. “And she really was that — always expressing gratefulness and love for God and other people. She would light up a room with her smile; she walked with a skip in her step. I’ve never met a more joyful child who loved God with all her heart.”

Sadie’s uncle created a YouCaring crowdfunding page to help the family with Sadie’s funeral expenses that has raised over $12,000.

The owners of the ice cream shop are continuing to help investigators and made the following post on their Facebook Page:

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    well, isn’t that just horrible.
    Let’s see if the parents are the kind to forgive the tragic accident, or if they sue for negligence on the wooden grease pit cover being rotted out.

  • WTF

  • darsa

    Oh my God that’s horrifying… that poor little girl, and that poor family! 🙁

  • ya know I was happily not commenting on this story ..I didn’t need to see her picture.ugh ugh.. Why does the Ice cream shop has a grease pit?

  • This is sad. Seems like freak accident stories are becoming very common. This reminded me of the tombstone falling on the little girl playing outside of a church. My philosophy is if a kid is outside playing regardless of where they are an adult needs to be nearby.

  • I’m not one of those sue happy people but I would sue the fuck out of them over something like this. Having an unsecured rotten grease trap cover in an area that’s not closed off from the public seems extremely negligent.

  • This is fake. Are you trying to lure people to donate to you?

  • Omg.???????? this is the first story on here that’s instantly brought me to tears in a long time (and that’s saying a lot lol) omg maybe cause my daughter is only 4 and that could have happened to anyone omg I would die.

  • Lord, I cant even make a joke on this one. what a shame. what a shame

  • no. it was a tragic fluke. its not going to bring her back. things unfortunately happen sometimes

  • Failing to keep things up to code isn’t a fluke, its negligence.

  • Parents failed to watch their child!

  • Yeah the parents should have been more vigilant as that may have been all it took to get her pulled out and saved in time. But at the same point you can’t keep eyes on them every second and that’s literally all it took for her to fall through a hole. Its pretty much the equivalent of blinking or yawning and seeing they are gone. If your child is at a park and falls through a sewer or drain opening that was left open will you be saying that it was a freak accident and your fault for not watching them closer? Or will you be asking why it wasn’t closed? Things like that can hide pretty well in a grassy area.

  • Leslie Mashmann

    Sweet little child rest in peace. Your poor family will hurt for the rest of their days.

  • I’m the same way. Any kid being hurt or killed just brings me to tears thinking of my little ones. I can’t imagine.

  • IronWoobie

    On the plus side, I’ll bet they won’t neglect the state of their grease trap cover again. It’s too bad it cost that little girl her life before they realized it was a problem. Get a metal lid for the damned thing and fence it off.

  • itsknotme

    I’m fat enough to not need greasy ice.

  • Horrendous

  • Sejanus

    They will sue

  • Agreed!

  • Nathan Stegner

    They’ll sue. After enough scumbag lawyers start whispering how much money they stand to get they’ll fold.

  • I don’t think it’s right now crazy people will scream lawsuit over the littlest of things, but I’m with you Amanda Shaneyfelt they should sue the holy hell out of them

  • May her family somehow recover from this one day.

  • LA Woman

    Saddest thing ever how the fuck is your 3 year old missing for any amount of time parents are supposed to watch their kids not the siblings omg this is just heartbreaking and HORRIBLE!

  • LA Woman

    Oh be quiet gees!

  • LA Woman

    She’s on there thats her uncle he started a fund for her on there can’t you read?

  • Karlee Royster

  • Scout Kent

    She would not have needed to be missing for any amount of time – she fell through the cover, she was there one second and gone the next. Unless you were literally staring at her as it happened, you would have no idea where she had gone. The parents are not at fault here.

  • Diva of Destruction

    Heartbreaking. I am always suspicious when a family member i.e. Uncle,Cousin or whatever starts a donation page. People are fucked up enough to try to make money off a family members death. Then again it could be legit and I’m just a bitch.

  • salepo

    Same question I had

  • Kelshan

    The mother has posted live from Facebook during her daughters vistation and funeral. It all just seems so bizarre to me.

  • Sejanus

    Make me.

  • Robert NoSpam

    Is she profiting off her child’s death?
    If so then she is prostituting off her child’s dignity.
    The only way these pimps can profit off a child’s misfortune is if there are enough virtue signalers willing to purchase respectability and feed an insatiable vanity.

    While an unfortunate accident, paying the family for poor choices is why it becomes profitable only if others pay for the mistake.

  • Robert NoSpam

    The insurance company will make an decent offer as soon as they are publicly known.
    Good PR is expensive, bad PR is always cheap up front that becomes more expensive.
    Every penny donated now will invite predatory lawyers who will exploit both parties.

  • Robert NoSpam

    Some grease traps are owned by 3rd parties who convert grease into energy or organic lubricants/soap.
    If they sell the grease to others (some don’t, they pay to remove) then this shop is out of business and the insurance will lawyer up.
    An underground pit sounds like they own it to sell the grease. Bet they’ll be on the auction block soon either way.

  • Grumpygirl1973

    According to their menu, they make their waffle cones on site, as well as cakes and pies. Perhaps those things?

  • Heather_Simpson

    This is extremely horrifying and an awful tragedy. My heart goes out to the Andrews family. They need to sue. That grease trap wasn’t locked nor secured. That’s straight up negligence. Someone needs to be responsible for this. The owner should be drowned in the grease pit as well.

    RIP Sadie Andrews. Rest in Peace, angel.

    BTW, Why the fuck would an ice cream shop need a grease pit? Deep fried ice cream? It is the South, after all….

  • Heather_Simpson


  • D S

    > “Why does the Ice cream shop has a grease pit?”

    This was the very question I was going to ask, and decided to read through the comments to see if someone else had the same question. I don’t know why an ice cream shop would have a grease crapper (that is the proper name, I think, and it comes from the original meaning of the word “crapper” – which incidentally had nothing to do with Thomas Crapper – who, contrary to public belief, neither lent his name to our modern word for excrement, nor did he “invent” the flushing toilet.)


  • D S

    > “My philosophy is if a kid is outside playing regardless of where they are an adult needs to be nearby.”

    Agreed – but, sometimes, these sorts of accidents are unpreventable, even when an adult is nearby. In the tombstone case, for example: No one’s quick enough to stop a falling slab of granite, and after it has fallen on the child, the damage is done. In THIS case, maybe there would have been more success in rescuing and reviving her, had someone witnessed it happen. But the bottom line is sometimes horrible things just happen, and there’s no way of interceding. I cannot imagine what parents go through in those situations – a lifetime of wondering what you could/should have done.

  • D S

    NO, U!

  • Sejanus

    Nuh uh!

  • Heather_Simpson

    LOL! Stop guys!

  • Taster’sChoice

    I just took my three year old on a camping trip and they have a lake you can swim in. I was holding onto my 3 year old and let got for maybe 30 seconds and all of a sudden she was under water. I grabbed her arm and pulled her up and all was ok. I was amazed at how little it takes for something to happen even if you’re standing there with them. My heart aches for these parents who sound like they didn’t do anything wrong. RIP little angel!

  • captaingrumpy

    Dumbshit , dont you know kids sink ????

  • Pegs

    They should sue. I know I would.

  • Pegs

    I agree. This could have happened to anyone. I dont blame her parents one bit. Rest in peace Sadie.


    Saide just means princess – where the God and thoughtful came in, I do not know.


    Why would an ice cream shop have a grease pit?


    I guess the police and newspaper knew better than to say the poor child died in a grease crapper.

  • D S

    > “I guess the police and newspaper knew better than to say the poor child died in a grease crapper.”

    Indeed! and touche, BLRII! 😉

  • Taster’sChoice

    Wow, dickhead much?

  • Betty Poo

    This is a legit lawsuit! Unlike the drunk parents who let their kid play in alligator infested waters.

  • Edward Newman

    or settle for “Lifetime Free Ice Cream” for all in their party- WHOOPIE!

  • Edward Newman

    and just what is wrong with letting kids play in Alligator infested waters?

  • PurpleAnn


  • PurpleAnn

    I was picturing an above ground structure that grease gets poured into. I couldn’t imagine how she could accidentally fall in. I saw a news story that showed a dairy bar that has a set-up similar to the one she died in. It is actually a grease TRAP. I can’t find the footage, but it showed a metal opening almost flush with the ground. The lid was about the size of a manhole cover. It stops grease from clogging up the plumbing.

  • Alvin B
  • Da Mac

    That’s why families like that have six other kids. Simple evolution…