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    MI - 3-year-old left behind after his own birthday party; parents realize days later

    Boy left alone at own birthday party

    A 3-year-old boy was left alone at his own birthday party, and it took two days before his parents realized he was missing.

    The manager of Little Caesars Caesarland in Warren called police at 9 p.m. March 13 when staff members noticed the boy was there with no adults, WDIV reports.

    Officers were unable to find the boy's parents who brought him to the restaurant. So the child was taken into protective custody and then placed into foster care.

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    Police said the parents -- a 33-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man -- may be charged with child abandonment and child abuse.

    http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local...birthday-party

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    "This is a disturbing and outrageous situation that the person responsible for the care of this 3-year-old child would take over 36 hours before inquiring as to the whereabouts of their child," said Warren Police Chief William Dwyer. "Our detectives will conduct a thorough investigation and then report their findings to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office for criminal prosecution if deemed necessary."

    http://www.wmbfnews.com/Global/story.asp?S=12149444

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    The father showed up at Caesarland Monday to get the boy and neither parent contacted police, Dwyer said.

    "I've never heard of a situation like this in all my years where you have a birthday party for a 3-year-old and everybody forgets about him," Dwyer said.

    The boy was to remain in foster care while the case was reviewed for possible charges by the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office. The parents, neither of whom has criminal record, were questioned and released.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/...1791268752132/


    I guess since charges haven't been filed yet, maybe this shouldn't be in Crimes in the News? But I still feel that it is a crime.

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    They want back to the restaurant 2 days later and thought the boy would still be there?
    If there is anything worse than the sandwiches, it is the sausages which sit next to them. Joyless tubes, full of gristle, floating in a sea of something hot and sad, stuck with a plastic pin in the shape of a chef’s hat: A memorial, one feels, for some chef who hated the world, and died, forgotten and alone among his cats on a back stair in Stepney. – Douglas Adams

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    Yet another story that I am just sitting here shaking my head about...

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    may be charged with child abandonment and child abuse.
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    Good grief, if this is not child abandonment, what is? What more do they need to know? They didn't know where he was or who he was with for TWO days.

    Buzziecat, I agree. I guess they thought he would just be hanging out, eating pizza, and waiting for mom and dad to grow a brain.

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    Good grief, here we go again. Thank god this child is alive though and hopefully these two people that call themselves parents will be parents no more. Poor little guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzieCat View Post
    They want back to the restaurant 2 days later and thought the boy would still be there?
    That's my favorite part of the story. As if he'd be sitting there waiting for them 2 days later.

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    The boy was to remain in foster care while the case was reviewed for possible charges by the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office. The parents, neither of whom has criminal record, were questioned and released.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/...1791268752132/
    My first thought was the parents had outstanding warrants, but they DON'T.

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    Pretty sad when it turns out he was probably safer and better cared for by the employees at Little Caesar's than with his own parents.


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    Well gee, at least they cared enough to have a party before abandoning him.

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    There are no words. Forgot about the kid, huh? What did they think when it was time to put the boy to bed? Make him breakfast? Did they think to themselves, "Hm, it sure is quiet around here"? Fantastic.

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    Are the parents divorced and both thought the other one had him?
    Even that doesn't make sense, but I am grasping at anything that would explain going back for your kid like a lost cell phone two days later!

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    Quote Originally Posted by impatientredhead View Post
    Are the parents divorced and both thought the other one had him?
    Even that doesn't make sense, but I am grasping at anything that would explain going back for your kid like a lost cell phone two days later!
    Bold by me - this is the scenario I heard, that each parent thought they had taken him home, and upon the end of the weekend with the child unaccounted for, they backtracked.

    Incredibly stupid, but that's what I've heard, FWIW.

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    So was Caesar's Pizza open 24 hours/day? Didn't anyone wonder who the cute little guy hanging out was? Did he ask for food, cuddle up on the booth? It's only by God's grace that some horrible monster didn't happen upon him.

    Five of my sons have big black eyes and brown skin like this sweetheart and he just rips at my heartstrings. I'd really like to hear an unbiased gauge of the parents' reaction when they learned the other didn't have him. Were they laissez faire or did their hearts stop? That would tell me a lot.

    I remember a few years ago when a toddler boy drowned with the same scenario. Mom thought Auntie had him and Auntie thought Mom had him. I wonder if the fact that the child did not panic points to the fact that his parenting has been lax. Most little kids would freak out and cry and ask for help if they couldn't find Mom or Dad.

    While we're waiting for more info, let's make a pledge to double and triple check "who's got the baby?"

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