Toddler killed when dolphin statue falls on him in San Francisco

Kayson Shelton

SAN FRANCISCO - A 2-year-old visiting San Francisco from Utah with his family died when a dolphin statue fell on him in the city's Fisherman's Wharf area, police said Monday,

The toddler was apparently playing on Friday when he climbed up and wrapped his arms and legs around the heavy statue outside Majestic Collection Art Gallery, bringing it down, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

People walk outside the Majestic Collection Art Gallery on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
Chris Filippi, CBS San Francisco

The boy was initially treated for a nose bleed by emergency crews. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died from internal injuries a few hours later.

The medical examiner identified the boy as Kayson Shelton of Draper, Utah, about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City.

"It's an unfortunate and tragic incident," Shyy said.

Shyy told CBS San Francisco the little boy was with his mother, father and an older sister and possibly other family members.

He said the business was cited for placing an object or merchandise on a sidewalk where it impedes pedestrian traffic.

An online fundraising website has been set up to help Kayson's family with funeral expenses and other costs.

As of Monday afternoon, more than $8,000 had been raised toward a $10,000 goal.