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4 year old drowns, sheriff says

A 4-year-old boy was pronounced dead at Ocean Springs Hospital today after drowning in a pool at a birthday party in St. Martin, said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd.

Children were swimming in the pool earlier and the 4-year-old got back outside and into the pool unattended while the party resumed inside the house, Byrd said. The child was administered CPR and rushed to the hospital but died around 4:30 p.m.

No foul play is suspected, Byrd said. The names of the child and his parents are not being released by authorities until relatives are contacted.

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