A Utah mom said she accidentally left her child at a corn maze and didn’t realize the three-year-old boy was missing until the next day, police said.
Employees at the Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan called police at about 7:30 pm on Monday after they found the boy wandering around the maze by himself, with no one claiming him at the maze’s closing.
“He was crying and upset and obviously scared,” Kendall Schmidt, co-owner of the corn maze, in an interview with The Washington Post. “We were trying to calm him down.”
The employees waited about 30 minutes for the family to come and look for the boy.
“It became evident that they were not in the maze, so we just kept waiting and hoping that the parents would realize that they left the child,” Schmidt said.
The boy stayed with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services overnight. His mother did not realize he was missing until the following morning, police said.
Police said that the mother went to the corn maze with a large group of people, who all went back to her home afterward. The group put on a movie, and the mother fell asleep, eventually going to bed without realizing her boy was not in the house.
The mother and boy were reunited on Tuesday morning.
No charges have been filed, but police are investigating the case, the Daily News reported.
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