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Boy drowns while attending birthday party at Milwaukee hotelSubmitted: 01/25/2015
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police say a 7-year-old boy has drowned while attending a birthday party at a hotel.

Police say the party was at the Comfort Suites Park Place hotel in northwest Milwaukee.

Police say the drowning happened Saturday afternoon. No names or details were released.

The investigation is ongoing.

Story By: The Associated Press

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