10 Kids Hospitalized After Allegedly Being Served Booze At Pizza Party

Apr 09, 2014 | Updated Apr 09, 2014

At least 10 children, most of them under the age of 10, were taken to the hospital Tuesday night after they were allegedly served alcohol at a birthday party at a Chicago pizzeria.

Police and ambulances were called just before 10 p.m. to Home Run Inn in Little Village after parents said one of the young diners' drinks smelled like alcohol, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The restaurant's wait staff began clearing away the beverages after a parent tasted alcohol in the drink.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports police say only one 7-year-old was accidentally served spiked fruit punch, but all of the children told police they had also drunk from the 7-year-old's cup. They were taken to the hospital as a precaution and police say it was determined none of them had alcohol in their systems.

Daniel Costello, president of the Home Run Inn Restaurant Group, told the Chicago Tribune they "are currently working with staff to conduct an internal investigation to discern the facts of what occurred.”

No charges are expected to be filed against the waitress or the restaurant because police believe it was an accident, ABC Chicago reports, and it will not be investigated further.

Still, a parent of several of the children who reportedly consumed the alcohol told DNAinfo she was upset the restaurant did not apologize for the apparent mistake.