Utah toddler dies in freak accident in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - A 2-year-old boy visiting San Francisco with his parents died after climbing on a 6-foot-tall statue near Fisherman's Wharf.

Police said the dolphin statue had been placed outside the Majestic Gallery and fell on the boy late Friday morning after he wrapped his arms and legs around it.

The boy's 6-year-old sister tried to stop the statue from falling, but it was too heavy for her.

When emergency crews arrived on the scene, the boy was initially treated for a nose bleed and taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died from more serious internal injuries, a police spokesman said on Monday.

The victim was identified as Kayson Shelton, of Draper, Utah, according to the medical examiner's office.  He was with his parents and other family members when the accident happened.

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

An online fundraising website was set up for Kayson's family to help with funeral expenses and other costs. As of Monday evening, the $15,000 goal had been reached.

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