Parents of Toddler Who Was Left Overnight in a Corn Maze Speak Up and Their Excuse Makes Sense

It’s not unusual to get lost in a corn maze. It’s not even unusual to lose a small child at an amusement spot like a corn maze. But earlier this week some parents lost a 3-year-old boy in a corn maze, and then didn’t notice until the next morning.

“How the Hell do you lose a child in a corn maze and not notice until the next morning?” everybody asked.

Three-year-old children are not exactly quiet or subdued. The parents’ night was full of instances where one would think they’d notice, “Where is the kid?”

How, for example, did the parents even leave the corn maze? One would think they’d see the empty car seat and go running back. Somehow they even made it through dinner and bedtime without noticing the kid was missing. It defied all logic.

A lot of people probably wondered if there were substance abuse issues going on. Fortunately, there do not appear to be. But the actual answer to how the mother lost a 3-year-old in a corn maze and didn’t notice till morning turns out to be way more surprising than anybody expected:

They are a polygamous Mormon family and they have way too many kids to keep track of at once.

Boy, I did not see that twist coming.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the boy’s father says he has a “plural marriage,” but that the polygamy did not play a role in the little boy being left at the maze overnight. It was just that there were “a lot of children” to keep track of.

Well that’s an understatement. The boy’s mother has 14 kids just of her own, not including kids from other wives.

The boy’s father, who talked to the Tribune and gave just his first name, said the mother, 11 of her children, and the mother’s sister and some of her children all went to the corn maze together that day. The group included four little blond boys of about the same size, including the one who got left behind. The mother says she¬†thought the 3-year-old was in his car seat when she left the corn maze.

The father said it was just a numbers issue that made their son get lost overnight without anyone noticing. He’s right about that. But they’re really lucky some people found the kid and rescued him, because something terrible could easily have happened. Kids have died from being left in cars or left outside overnight.

They had two adults and a minimum of 14 children with them. How on Earth did they even get all those kids to the corn maze? I can fit maybe three car seats in my car, tops.

The little boy is reportedly back with his family, and the father said the police and DCFS have been great and treating them well.

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