US 3-year-old left in corn maze, family didn't notice

02:20  12 october  2017
02:20  12 october  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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“It was a stressful night for us, worrying about him and worrying about his family ,” Schmidt said (via KSL). A family didn ' t notice until the next morning that they'd left their 3 - year - old son at a corn maze in West Tags: 3 - year - old missing in corn maze , Corn Maze , toddler lost in corn maze .

WEST JORDAN, UT (KTVX/CNN) – Police in Utah are investigating after a mother left her 3 - year - old at a corn maze and didn ’ t realize he was missing for 12 hours. Officers were called to West Jordan’s Annual Crazy Corn Maze Monday night after a good Samaritan noticed a

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Pro-tip for families planning to visit a corn maze this fall: It doesn't count as solving the maze if your children don't make it out with you.

One family failed to heed that advice and left a 3-year-old boy behind at the Crazy Corn Maze in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan, Utah, Monday night. The mother failed to notice her son was missing until the next morning.

An unrelated guest found the boy near the maze entrance at about 7:30 p.m. MT.

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The 3 - year - old spent the night with the Division of Child and Family Services after officers and staff were unable to find the child’s parents. "She said she believed she might have left him at the corn maze there,” Monson said.

WEST JORDAN, UT (KTVX/CNN) – Police in Utah are investigating after a mother left her 3 - year - old at a corn maze and didn ’ t realize he was missing for 12 hours. Officers were called to West Jordan’s Annual Crazy Corn Maze Monday night after a good Samaritan noticed a

"He was crying and upset and obviously scared," Kendall Schmidt, who runs the maze, told The Washington Post.

"We couldn’t get him to give us his name," Schmidt added. "He could say his brother’s name and his cat’s name, but not his own name."

An off-duty police officer let the boy watch a movie on a laptop in her patrol car while staff members walked through the maze with a bullhorn trying to find the parents. When they couldn't find his family, they waited for someone to return for the boy.

Closing time came and went, but no one ever arrived. The Utah Division of Child and Family Services kept the boy overnight.

The child's mother woke up Tuesday morning and finally noticed he was missing.

"She realized she may have left him at the corn maze and called us," West Jordan police Sgt. Joe Monson told The Salt Lake Tribune. The Division of Child and Familly Services told police the mother would be subject to questioning before the boy could be returned to her custody.

Monson said the mother arrived at the police station with about 10 children, according to the Associated Press.

"This was a case of multiple families with multiple children living in the same home," Monson told the Tribune, adding that the DCFS was investigating the incident.

Contributing: Francis Lally, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, Neptune, N.J.

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