New Jersey hero saves toddler from 15-foot deep well

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (WCBS/CNN) — A 3-year-old New Jersey girl is rescued after falling into a 15-foot septic tank hole.

The girl’s family is calling the neighbor who rescued her a hero.

“I feel so happy that I saved her life,” Luz Jimenez said.

Luz Jimenez rescued this 3-year-old girl, who like the fictional character “Alice,” tumbled into a deep hole.

But it was no Wonderland for Allison Machigua. She was 15 feet down, where a septic tank used to be, in cold muddy water.

“For the baby it was here it was right close to her mouth. She was screaming, crying we couldn’t see her when we were up there,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez was next door, and heard Allison’s screams after the girl wandered into the backyard.

While the hole is now secured with plywood, and topped with two tires, at the time there was only a layer of grass which gave way under the tiny girl.

As Jimenez kicked off her shoes and started to go in after the child, a police officer arrived.

“He was trying to stop me. I said no you are not going to stop me just move away,” Jimenez said.

Down she went, and after about 15 minutes with the girl in the muck, police sent down this ladder.

“She’s very tiny so I held with one hand and used the other hand to step up and get outside,” Jimenez said.

Allison’s mom Marlen Machigua thanked God her child escaped without so much as a scratch or bruise. She calls Jimenez an angel.

“Dios…we know God put her there for us for our family,” Machigua said.

This was an accident waiting to happen and there are other secret septic tanks out there that need to be found.

Homeowners are responsible for knowing where old septic tanks are.

Plumbers can follow the old lines to locate them.

For the foreseeable future Allison’s play times will be indoors, and she seems to be fine with that.

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