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Two-year-old girl dies after falling into septic tank at area RV park in Texas

Posted at 8:07 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 23:07:30-05

A 2-year-old girl died Wednesday afternoon after falling into a septic tank at the Paradise Lagoons RV Resort park in Aransas Pass, Texas.

The girl has been identified as Charleigh Nicole Nelson. Her father, Charlie Nelson, works in the area. He said that his wife and their three children were visiting him when the accident happened.

Aransas Pass Police Department Chief Eric Blanchard said the girl's body was recovered at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, after falling 15 feet into the tank.

The young girl died before rescuers could reach her.

Rockport Volunteer Fire Department, Fulton Volunteer Fire Department, Ingleside Fire Department and Aransas Pass Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.

No one is sure how the girl fell into the tank, but RV park residents said the girl was walking on the lid of the tank, which was not securely fastened, and it buckled under her.

"We're dealing with a very, very horrible, tragic accident," said Rockport Police Department Cmdr. Larry Sinclair.

Child Protective Services spokesman John Lennon told KRIS 6 News, however, that there have been at least three other similar drownings involving children in the last 10 years: one in Tyler in 2014, one in Bastrop Co. in 2015, the death of a 1-year-old in Hidalgo Co. in 2016. He also said there have been three children's drownings in water in 2020 alone.

This article was written by Catherine McGinty for KRIS .