Missing Toddler Found in Hyatt Fountain

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:20 PM PDT
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A day of enjoying Christmas displays ends with a young child in a lobby fountain not breathing.

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A toddler fell into the fountain of San Francisco's Embarcadero Hyatt Wednesday and for a time could not be found.

A San Francisco fire official told NBC Bay Area the 18 month old needed CPR after being pulled from the water.  He said the boy was breathing by the time ambulance took him to St. Francis Memorial hospital. His condition was not known as of 4:30 p.m.

This happened around 1:30 p.m. in the atrium area of the hotel.  KGO TV reported the boy's mother was there with two children and a nanny and somehow he ran off.  The mother cried for help, but the little boy got away.

About ten minutes later, a security guard at the hotel noticed the boy moving in the fountain.

San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge explained the fountain is called an "endless fountain" and it includes a wall of water. She said the boy was hidden by that wall.

It was not immediately clear if the child was a guest of the hotel.  He could also have been there to see a daily free event held by the hotel.  At 1 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. the hotel releases snowfall from high above the atrium.

Pete Hillan, a spokesman for the Hyatt Regency, said the hotel staff "is obviously very concerned for the family and child involved, and are working with police" in their investigation into the incident.  The hotel has had the fountain since 1973 with no earlier incidents. If you've been to the Hyatt, you know it does sit low to the ground.

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