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Police: Pa. Boy, 4, Drowns in Farm’s Manure Pit

Associated Press

January 03, 2011

HOLLAND, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania child is dead after authorities say he drowned in a manure pit on the family farm.

New Holland police say 4-year-old Josiah Martin was found face-down Saturday in the 8-foot-deep pit by his mother, who pulled the boy out and called 911. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Troy Deshong tells the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era the liquid in the manure pit was partially frozen. He says the boy’s mother suspected the child may have been trying to retrieve a wayward dog that had wandered on to the ice.

Authorities say the pit is surrounded by a chain-link fence. The boy’s death has been ruled accidental.


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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    51096 Comments

    Sad. Rest in Peace Little Josiah.

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    Jadoredior82

    over 3 years ago

    354 Comments

    That is so sad. Rest in Peace Josiah. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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    PGPD911

    over 3 years ago

    6672 Comments

    Very tragic, my sympathy to the family... Rest in peace Josiah Martin, you were taken too soon.

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    CUFFEM3232

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    :-(

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    43856 Comments

    My prayers and sympathies.

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    Kinder_mapp

    over 3 years ago

    4160 Comments

    How sad. Condolences to the family.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Not good!

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    kweikman

    over 3 years ago

    796 Comments

    So upsetting. Rest in Peace little man

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    36TR

    over 3 years ago

    7642 Comments

    Very sad!! Condolences to the Family!! Rest in Peace, Josiah!!

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