January 28, 2009
Family Leaves Little Girl Behind At Restaurant. Doesn’t Realize She’s Missing Until They See Her On Television The Next Day
Bel Air, Maryland (The Weekly Vice) -- An evening of fun turned out to be a moment of extreme embarrassment for a family who left a 4-year-old girl at Chuck E. Cheese - but didn't realize she had been left behind until they saw her on television the next day.
According to Hartford County authorities, 4-year-old Deshawna Tyson joined her aunt, aunt's boyfriend and eight other children on a Sunday evening outing to a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.
When it was time for the family to go, the aunt and her boyfriend loaded the kids into two cars and headed home. Both parties believed Deshawna was riding with the other party.
Investigators were called when the little girl was found wandering alone inside the restaurant at about 7 p.m. Sunday night.
When Deshawna's mother came home later that evening, she want straight to bed, according to investigators. No one seemed to notice Deshawna was missing until the mother and aunt saw Deshawna's photo on television early the next morning.
The family rushed to the Hartford County Sheriff's office at about 8:40 Monday morning. The child was reunited with her family and is working with social services to resolve child care issues.
The Sheriff's Office has determined that charges with not be filed in the case.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
So what do you think? Is this issue an honest mistake, an issue of neglect or old fashioned stupidity?
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