Missing toddler found not breathing in fountain

A toddler who was missing for eight minutes in the Embarcadero Hyatt was found floating in a fountain.

The 18-month-old boy was at the hotel near the Embarcadero on Wednesday afternoon with his mother and a nanny, according to police. The three of them wanted to take a break from the rain, so they found shelter inside of the hotel.

They called 911 at 1:20 p.m. because they could not find the boy, said police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza.

Eight minutes later, they spotted him in the water of a fountain on the upper lobby level by the hotel bar. The fountain has a large circular sculpture above it and about 2 inches of water in the top level. The water spills into a lower trough, where the toddler was found.

There was about 29 inches of water in the lower trough when the boy was found, Hyatt spokesman Pete Hillan said.

Paramedics worked to resuscitate the 18-month-old, who was not breathing. He was rushed to nearby St. Francis Memorial Hospital, police said.

Hours later, police and a crime scene investigator were still analyzing the area, which was taped off.

The boy was later transported from St. Francis, said a hospital spokesperson who could not say where the boy was or state his condition.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

Sarah Haughey, special to The Examiner, contributed to this report.

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