Police: 3-year-old left at Utah corn maze; mom realized the next day

Posted at 4:39 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 20:18:03-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- A 3-year-old boy who was left at a Utah corn maze in  Monday is now in the care of Child and Family Services, according to KSTU.

West Jordan police said a Crazy Corn Maze employee found the child at about 8 p.m. Monday night and called authorities, who cared for him overnight.

Sgt. Joe Monson told the New York Daily News that the boy and his mother went to the maze with a big group of people and somehow became separated. When they got home, the mother didn't realize her son was missing and ended up falling asleep while watching a movie, Monson said. She later went to bed, still without realizing that the boy wasn't home, according to police.

His mother called police at about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday after noticing that her son was missing.

Officials said the child and his family live in a home shared with other families.

The boy was placed in the custody of the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, and police continued to investigate Tuesday.

[Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the boy had been reunited with his family.]