Condition of 2-year-old who almost drowned in Augusta 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 taken by ambulance to Georgia Regents Medical Center in critical condition.

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

Augusta Mall Manager Andrew Wilke said Friday that there are no current plans to make changes to the fountain or play area. Since the incident, the fountain area has been “preserved” and drained of water, he said.

“We’re all still thinking about young Alayna,” Wilke said.

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