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Parents leave 3-year-old at corn maze, realize he is missing the following morning

Parents leave 3-year-old at corn maze, realize he is missing the following morning (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A Utah couple left their child behind.

A 3-year-old boy was left at a West Jordan, Utah, corn maze Monday night -- and the parents didn't realize he was gone until Tuesday morning.

It happened at the Crazy Corn Maze at 8800 South and 4000 West.

The boy was found at about 7:30 p.m. in the front entrance area by a woman, called a "Good Samaritan" by police, who brought the boy to the corn maze staff.

Police said it wasn't until Tuesday morning when they got a call from the family. They reported the child was missing and they believe they left him at the corn maze.

"Sounds like this is a dwelling with multiple families and a lot of children living in the same home," said Sgt. Joe Monson with the West Jordan Police Department.

He said there is still an investigation that needs to take place.

"The fact that it took so long for them to realize the child was missing -- was it purely an accident? What where the circumstances? These are all questions [investigators] want to ask."

According to staff at the Crazy Corn Maze, the boy was emotional, but finally calmed down when a West Jordan officer put a movie on her laptop for the child.

"They got him to say his brothers name and that was about it," said Josy Schmidt, part owner of the maze along with her husband.

Schmidt said they did everything they could to try and locate the parents, including getting on a bull horn and walking through the maze. But the parents could not be found anywhere. So after closing, the officer turned the child over to the Department of Child and Family Services.

DCFS is not saying if it still has the child or have returned him to his family.

"What's odd to me is they didn't notice when they got home, or noticed by bedtime, or noticed in the night," Schmidt said.

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