LANCASTER - Authorities in central Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy drowned after apparently falling into a partially frozen liquid-manure pit on his family's farm on New Year's Day. Police in Lancaster County say Josiah Martin was playing with two siblings and a neighbor child on the farm just outside New Holland when he apparently wandered off and was later found facedown in the 8-foot-deep pit. Police say they were called just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Officer Troy Deshong says it wasn't clear how the child got to the pit, which is 42 feet in diameter and surrounded by a chain-link fence. He told the Lancaster Sunday News the boy's mother speculated he may have been trying to retrieve a dog. Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Eric Bieber called the case "a tragic accident." - AP
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