A three-year-old boy was left behind in a Utah corn maze by the rest of his family, prompting employees to phone police. Now, an investigation is underway after the boy’s mother – who did not notice the child was missing until the following day – claimed it was all an accident.
The shocking incident took place at the Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan, the New York Daily News reported. At around 7:30 pm local time, employees called police to report that a small child had been left behind, found wandering by himself, and nobody came forward to claim him by closing time.
The child was forced to spend the night in the care of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services. It was not until the next day that the boy’s mother realized her three-year-old was missing and called the police.
She claimed that she had gone to the corn maze with her son and a large group of people, West Jordan police Sgt. Joe Monson told the outlet. The group later returned home and put on a movie, causing her to fall asleep. She later went to bed without even realizing that her child was not home.
The absentminded mother did not give a firm answer as to how many children and adults were present in the group.
As of yet, no charges have been filed in the case and the child has been reunited with his mother, KUTV reported.