The Division of Children and Family Services is investigating after a 3-year-old boy was left in a corn maze overnight and was not reported for almost 12 hours.
Police Sgt. Joe Monson said Tuesday the child was apparently left behind Monday night while visiting the Crazy Corn Maze in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan with a large family group.
An officer called the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, who took the child in for the night. Indeed, it was shortly before 8am Tuesday that the mother of the boy finally called police, reports KUTV.
"She said that she believes she might have left him at the corn maze", Monson said.
Investigators went to the house and said several families live there together with multiple children.
The boy is expected to be reunited with his family.
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.
"It became evident that they were not in the maze, so we just kept waiting and hoping that the parents would realize that they left the child", Schmidt said. They turned him over to police officers working security there, according to reports.
Police are investigating to determine whether to file any charges.