Friend saves 3-year-old Hackettstown girl from drowning in old septic tank

Allison Machigua was running and playing in the

Allison Machigua was running and playing in the backyard at around 5 p.m. Sunday when she suddenly disappeared into a hole in the ground. (June 17, 2014 5:46 PM)

A Hackettstown 3-year-old nearly drowned in an old septic tank in a neighbor's backyard.

Allison Machigua was running and playing in the backyard at around 5 p.m. Sunday when she suddenly disappeared into a hole in the ground. Her mother says she fell 10 feet into a ditch.

The girl's family credits Luz Jimenez, who works next door and just happened to hear the little girl's mother screaming.

"I...

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