Condition of child who almost drowned in mall fountain improves

A 2-year-old who nearly drowned in an Augusta Mall fountain on Aug. 28 remains hospitalized, but her condition has improved.

Police said Alayna Ishmael slipped away from her mother at the children’s play area and ended up in the nearby fountain at the downstairs Sears entrance. A nurse who was in the area revived the unresponsive child, who was transported by ambulance to Georgia Regents Medical Center in critical condition.

Richmond County sheriff’s investigators said Alayna’s condition has shown improvement since admittance. Further details were not provided.

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By The Augusta Chronicle 09/06/2013 18:00:00