‘Tragic accident’ in hotel fountain claims child’s life

The 18-month-old boy who was found floating in a shallow fountain at a San Francisco hotel died from his injuries on Saturday.

The boy was with his twin sister, mother and nanny Wednesday afternoon when he apparently fell into the 2-feet-deep pool of water while the others were taking pictures of the intricate holiday décor blanketing the Hyatt Regency hotel near the Embarcadero.

Police said the family was not lodging there, simply stopping in for shelter from the soggy day and to absorb the festive atmosphere when they realized he was missing. Officers received a report of the missing boy at 1:20 p.m., and a security guard found him lifeless in the fountain eight minutes later.

The fountain, which is near a Christmas tree, has a large sculpture above it and about 2 inches of water in its upper level, which flows over a lip into the lower trough where the toddler was found. There was about 2½ feet of water in the lower portion of the fountain at the time of the incident, Hyatt spokesman Pete Hillan previously said.

Several emergency crews tried to revive the boy’s pulse and resuscitated him on the way to a hospital about a mile away, when he finally started breathing again.

On Saturday, the unidentified child died at UCSF hospital from the injuries sustained in the accident, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.

San Francisco Police Department officers investigated the incident, watching the hotel surveillance tapes. The department concluded that it was a “tragic accident,” police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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