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Charleigh Nelson's family hires lawyer

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Posted at 12:08 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 01:26:52-05

The family of the little 2-year-old girl who drowned in a septic tank last week still is mourning her death.

And now there is word that a lawsuit may be imminent.

The attorney representing the family of Charleigh Nelson said the family hasn't filed suit yet -- investigations into the RV park and the septic-tank brand are being conducted.

"It's pretty horrific what happened to this baby and we're going to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Tony Buzbee, the Houston-based attorney representing the Nelson family.

Charleigh and her mother were visiting from Grand Bay, Ala. They were visiting Charleigh's father, who was working in the Coastal Bend.

Wednesday afternoon, people living at Paradise Lagoons RV Resort in Aransas County grabbed shovels and worked desperately to save the two-year-old after she fell into a septic tank.

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Neighbors used shovels to try and access and rescue Charleigh Nelson after she fell though a septic tank hole.

"How did it happen?" Rockport Police asked witnesses that day, as seen in body-camera footage.

"The end on the backside," a witness answers. "It wasn't screwed down and the little girl was jumping on it, and when she jumped on it, the lid flipped and she was gone."

She fell 15 feet.

Buzbee said there were safety devices missing from the tank.

"The cover in question did not have a child-safety guard on it," Buzbee said. "The cover in question was lacking all four screws. It was a trap, and had been that way for some time."

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Witnesses told Rockport Police Charleigh Nelson fell into septic tank at the Paradise Lagoons RV Resort after she jumped on a septic tank lid that wasn't properly secured.

Now, the family is processing their loss.

"This family is really suffering right now, and we're going to do what we can to help them the best we can," Buzbee said.