NEW YORK. – The girl of Dominican origin and 3-year-old Ellys Gabriela Martinez, died when a sturdy branch of a tree fell on top of the tent where she was staying, in the famous Jellystone Yogi Bear children’s camp in the town of Alloway, Elmer in New Jersey.
The girl, who lived in the Bronx, was beaten by the branch at 2:00 pm on Saturday, the authorities confirmed.
The youngest was in the tent with her parents and another 8-year-old girl.
The parents and grandparents of Ellys, are demanding a response from the company that maintains 85 children’s summer camps in the United States and Canada, according to its website.
The remains of the girl, will be veiled tomorrow Wednesday at a funeral home in the Bronx.
New Jersey state trooper Alejandro Goez confirmed to NJ.com that the girl was inside the store.
Until Monday, it was unknown what caused the fall of the branch.
“The entire Jellystone Park family extends our heartfelt condolences to the family and to all those affected by this tragic event,” a park spokesman said in a statement.
“We want to thank New Jersey emergency responders for their quick and professional response. Providing a safe camp experience is always our priority, and we are disconsolate. We are cooperating with the local authorities in their investigation, and we are deeply saddened by this event, “the statement added.
The girl was identified on Sunday.
It happened around 2 pm on Saturday at Jellystone Park in Yogi Bear in Alloway Township.
She was transported to a hospital in the area, where she was declared dead shortly after.
Heavy storms were passing through New Jersey on Saturday, but the weather has not been linked to the fall of the branch and the death of the girl.
“This has been a very big tragedy for the family,” said José Luis Martínez, grandfather of the girl.
The grandfather added that the family did not expect a tragic news like that, while he was in the Dominican Republic and was informed of the tragedy upon his return to New York.
Hipólito Ramírez, maternal grandfather said that the family demands concrete answers like why the company installed tents under trees, without taking into account the brutality of the climate that plagued the area.
Some believe that the persistent rain and strong winds affected the fall of the branch.
NJ.com said police, firefighters and paramedics responded to 911 calls and tried to save the girl.
While the mother remains sedated, the child’s father had no words yesterday Monday to talk to the local media about the tragedy.