Police in South Jersey are said to be are investigating the death of a three-year-old boy who fell into a treacherous hole in the back of a restaurant and died.
Police reportedly say the hole was an open pit (or tank) which seems to have been covered by a manhole cover. But the pit was apparently a grease pit -- a place where the restaurant may have poured oil and other debris from its kitchen.
It's been reported that the victim was the son of one of the employees of a nearby market.
The child was said to be observed falling into the pit but could not be immediately retrieved.
Reports say the pit held grease and fryer oil apparently deposited in it (until a private company pumps and empties the debris).and that the child was rushed to Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The Vineland (NJ) Police Department Criminal Division and Crime Scene Unit are said to be investigating along with the Cumberland County Prosecutors office.
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