Owner of corn maze talks about young child left behind

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WEST JORDAN — Police and the Utah Division of Child and Family Services are still investigating the circumstances of how a three-year-old boy’s family left him behind overnight at a corn maze in West Jordan.

Fox13Now interviewed the owner of the maze for the full story here.

“It was a roller coaster, but you try not to panic. You try not to think of the worst,” Kendall Schmidt said, Owner of Crazy Corn Maze. “He was upset and crying and really scared.”

Schmidt said a woman found the boy cold and alone.

“She came over and she was helping out and we got him a sucker. We got a blanket for him, trying to keep him warm,” Schmidt said.

“I took the blow horn out into the maze and was making announcements that if you had lost a child, please come to the front of the maze,” Schmidt said.

A police officer picked up the boy, and kept him in the patrol car, waiting to see if the parents would return.

When they didn’t, the officer took the child to the division of  Division of Child and Family Services.


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  • Caveat_Emptor October 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Perhaps a sweep before closing for the night would help prevent this happening, where the kid is left overnight……
    Is it that difficult to do a headcount before you drive home from an outing?
    Parenting is a huge responsibility, yet we have lots of parents that fail to meet the minimum standards.

    • comments October 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      LOL, sweep the corn maze every night for forgotten children. forgotten “children of the corn”. lmao

  • Figure it out later October 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Sweep a corn maze…Amazing what folks think.. Maybe try just a little tiny bit of holding parents responsible for their bundles of joy..

    • comments October 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      OOPS! we forgot little jimmy last night at the corn maze!

      usually things like this happen when the “parents” are on hard drugs… meth, heroine, pills, etc etc

      • comments October 11, 2017 at 9:41 pm

        I guess the only reasonable excuse is if the parent(s) were somehow killed and unable to collect the child. Then it could be one of these LDS families with 13 kids that are always forgetting 1 or 2 all over the place. You know, the ones that require a bus just to truck around their litter.

        • DB October 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

          While it sounds cruel and unfair, I agree with you. Don’t produce more children than you think you can keep track of. I’m making assumptions here, but how many children per family is enough, here in the 21st century? I realize that’s a personal choice but then again, we’re no longer in the 1860s.

    • mesaman October 11, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      I agree. The first line of responsibility rests on the shoulders of the parents.

  • youcandoit October 11, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    The dear,sweet,innocent child is probably better off with foster parents vs his own irresponsible parents.

  • .... October 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    all this over nothing. the child will be returned to his parents and that will be the end of it. ……..yawwwwnnnnn

    • Real Life October 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      When will you be returned?

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