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Boy gets waist-deep in waste water after falling into uncovered sewage hole

Boy gets waist-deep in waste water after falling into uncovered sewage hole

A 7-year-old boy fell several feet into a sewage manhole Monday and his mother said she had to help him out as he was sinking into the mess.

Mother Kelsey Baker says she wants to know who is responsible for covering that hole, and wants to make it safe before anyone else is injured.


Amayus Clark says he was soaking wet and upset after falling into the hole.

“I felt scared and horrified,” Clark said.

Clark was walking to a gas station Monday night with his mom and other siblings when things took a turn for the worse.

“All of a sudden, boom. Amayus starts screaming and I'm like, 'What's going on?' and I look down and he's in the ground,” Baker said.

The hole the boy fell in is now surrounded by caution tape and a temporary cover.

Clark says he screamed the moment he fell in.

“(I yelled) 'Mommy, mommy,' and then she picked me up out of the hole, and then I was soaked,” Clark said.

It only took a few moments to realize Clark fell into the open sewage hole, several feet deep. Baker says her son was about waist deep in the wastewater.

“That smell hit my nose and I was like you've got to be freaking kidding me, this is an open sewage hole right here and it was in the grass so it was totally unexpected,” Baker said. She took her son to the hospital to get checked out after reporting the issue to Springfield Township Police.

The gas station sits right off Hamilton Avenue in front of the Ashley Woods Apartments, and right along the Springfield and Colerain Township line.

The property owner is waiting to hear who should make this sewage hole safe once and for all.

“I want them to know that they're going to be held responsible for this or they're going to be held accountable because something could have really happened to my son,” Baker said.

WLWT has reached out to both townships involved, but are still waiting for a response. The owner of the gas station had a contractor secure the area temporarily until someone takes responsibility.