Child left behind at Utah corn maze

Toddler reunited with family after being left at West Jordan corn maze overnight

Mother who abandoned 3-year-old overnight in a cornfield says she she didn't notice he was missing until the next day

Authorities are trying to figure out how a 3-year-old boy was left alone in a corn maze overnight and wasn't reported missing for 12 hours.

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.

His mother called the police on Tuesday around 8 a.m. and then came to the police station to pick up the boy.

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

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.

Staffers called on a bullhorn and even walked through the maze searching for his family but couldn't find anyone.

The child was said not to be injured.

Police have issued no citations, noting the incident had been turned over the DFS for investigation and it is unclear rather or not they have released the child back into parental custody.

Monson says it wasn't immediately clear how the child's disappearance went undetected, but police are investigating whether any criminal charges are warranted. What where the circumstances? These are all questions investigators want to ask'.

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