LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- An autopsy has shown that a 2-year-old girl whose body was found inside a septic tank behind her home died of accidental drowning.
Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said Tuesday a preliminary investigation found "no indication of foul play or trauma."
The victim, identified by authorities only by the initials J.C., was reported missing by her mother shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. She had been playing in the yard with four siblings.
Search teams found a 3-foot-wide hole in the yard that led to a septic tank. The child's body was found inside the tank around 7:30 p.m. after the water was pumped out.