Condition of 2-year-old who almost drowned in Augusta Mall fountain improves

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 2:00 PM
Last updated 7:10 PM
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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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Darby 09/06/13 - 03:41 pm
Thanks Chronicle for the update.

I had been wondering how the little one was doing.

Has there been any clarification to the early report that the child had been in the care of a "boyfriend" at the time of the incident?

If so, I missed it.

allhans 09/06/13 - 07:28 pm
I am so glad to hear the good

I am so glad to hear the good news. I, too, was wondering.

just an opinion
just an opinion 09/06/13 - 11:04 pm


mosovich 09/06/13 - 09:31 pm
As a parent..

it's MY responsibility to watch MY child at all times... If you're paying attention to your child, they won't "disappear" on you.. I take my children to parks and such and I never let them out of my site.. Glad the child is recovering.. Parents need to start being parents, not people who have children and just let them roam around.. When I leave the Kroc center some evenings, I'm AMAZED at the amount of small children out playing in the street and near the canal with NO adults or older children to be found.. We're talking 5/6 year olds.. Amazing..

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