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Identity of Augusta Mall near-drowning victim released

The fountain pictured isn't the same one where the incident happened. The fountain pictured isn't the same one where the incident happened.
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The victim of Wednesday's near-drowning in the Augusta Mall has been identified as Alayna Rose, 2.

Original Story:

Richmond County deputies say a 2-year-old girl has been resuscitated after drowning in a fountain at the Augusta Mall.

She was rushed to Georgia Regents Medical Center in critical condition.

Deputies say she was revived by a nurse who was shopping nearby and first responders who gave her CPR.

The girl fell into a fountain on the ground level outside Sears around 5 p.m., according to deputies.

Eyewitnesses told Fox54 the child fell into the fountain when her mother's boyfriend wasn't watching her.

We're told the girl's mother was in the mall but wasn't there when it happened.

Andy Wilke, the General Manager of the mall, says they don't have an official statement but he says they're praying for the girl to fully recover.

He also says the Augusta Mall has been open 35 years and situations like this are rare in any city.

 

Previous story:

A 2-year-old is in critical condition after falling into a fountain at the Augusta Mall.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office and first responders were called to the lower level of the mall near Sears around 4:50 p.m.

The child was revived and taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center.

The investigation into the incident continues.

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