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A family left a toddler in a corn maze and didn’t realize it until the next day, police say

WASHINGTON — A 3-year-old boy was found wandering alone through a 10-acre corn maze in northern Utah after his family left him behind, not realizing the small child was missing until the next morning, police said.

The distraught toddler was discovered by a good Samaritan on Monday night near the entrance of the Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan, near Salt Lake City.

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‘‘He was crying and upset and obviously scared,’’ Kendall Schmidt, co-owner of the corn maze, said Wednesday. ‘‘We were trying to calm him down.’’

But Schmidt said maze workers and police were unable to locate the boy’s family and ‘‘we couldn’t get him to give us his name. He could say his brother’s name and his cat’s name, but not his own name.’’

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He was handed over to the Utah Division of Child and Family Services. Then Tuesday morning, his mother noticed he was missing, police said.

Schmidt, 42, from South Jordan, said it is not unusual for family members to get lost or separated in the corn maze.

Authorities received a call from the mother about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, worried she had left her son in the maze overnight. They said he did not know how the boy’s family was able to forget about him.

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