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Toddler left in Utah corn maze

12 October 2017
Toddler left in Utah corn maze

The mother and child had been part of a large group, and she did not realize he got separated from the others, police Sgt. Joe Monson told the New York Daily News.

The corn maze owner says the boy was scared and crying.

But Schmidt said maze workers and police were unable to locate the boy's family and "we couldn't get him to give us his name".

After asking guests about the found child, the boy was taken to the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, according to KUTV. The next morning, a woman called the police at about 7:45 a.m. and said she couldn't find her little boy.

West Jordan Police Sgt. Joe Monson said authorities received a call from the mother about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, anxious she had left her son in the maze overnight.

Investigators followed the boy home, where he lives with multiple families and about 10 or more children, Monson said.

Police say someone spotted the boy late Monday night and brought the situation to the attention of maze staff.

Employees told police they found the boy by himself and that no one had come forward to claim him by the time the maze closed.

'The fact that it took so long for them to realize the child was missing - was it purely an accident?