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Possible Not to Know Child Is Missing?

While no parent is perfect, do you think you could misplace your child?

A 2-year-old was left at a Texas Chuck E. Cheese last weekend. Her father didn't realize she was missing until he saw her picture in the news two days later.

The incident is said to have been a misunderstanding since an aunt took the little girl to a birthday party at the pizza place, and it was assumed that another aunt picked the tot up and took her home. It is not uncommon for the girl to stay with that aunt for days at a time. And, the father does not have a phone so he did not call them.

Jessie-M Jessie-M 9 years
I don't understand how more blame isn't being put on the parents who threw the party. It's just irresponsible of them to not keep track of how many kids are attending the party, and just ASSUMING at the end of the day that all of the kids have been picked up by their parents/another family member! When dropping a child off at a party, it is assumed that the people throwing the party are assuming responsibility for the care of that child. Its just disgusting that the parents throwing the party, who were respnsible for the child's care, aren't receiving the blame for their unforgivable actions!
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I'm 21 and my mother knows where I am at all times. lol I can understand losing a child in a store if they wander off and are picked up by some sicko, but just LEAVING them there? That's just ridiculous.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
How is it possible for a parent to forget their child?? I remember after I gave birth the first few weeks I kept thinking that I MIGHT forget my daughter because she is the first and I was still getting use to being a mom but there is no way I could not know where my daughter was every minute! This dad should be ashamed!! And to have to hear it on the news two days later????!!!!???? Um why wasn't he calling to check on his little girl at the end of the day??
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I personally can not understand how this would happen. Any time any family has ever taken my daughter, I make sure both of us know exactly what is going on and when and where my child will be at all times. The fact that he thought a family member had her for 2 days and never spoke to her on the phone or stoped by at any time is just scary. The few times my daughter was away for even a day I talked to her several times and the person responsible for her. If there was a lack of a phone or any means of communication at any time, I probably wouldn't even have allowed her to go with that person in the first place. How would they call for help in case of an emergency and if they couldn't even call ME?
foreversearching foreversearching 9 years
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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I agree with #13. It's neglect. Misunderstanding, my foot. Thankfully, nothing happened to that precious little girl.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
That story is absolutely apalling! My son is now 5 years old, and there has never been an occasion where I have NOT known where or who he is with at all times. To leave that poor baby girl like that...she must have been so scared!
Moms Moms 9 years
Here's the link to the original article.
arienne arienne 9 years
I think it is completely irresponsible for a father of a two-year-old not to have a phone
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Hmm, he does not have a phone, soooo... I guess it's excusable. Some people are complete idiots!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Yikes. I can't believe anyone would leave a two year old at a birthday party anyway. I guess I can accept the misunderstanding on the part of the Dad and the two Aunts. Can't see myself doing that, but whatever. But, whoever was hosting the birthday party...? How could they not notice that a child was left with them and never picked up? If somebody was crass enough to leave a two year old at one of my children's birthday party, I would be responsible for that child. What a crazy story.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
Ugh! Wow some people are really detached parents. Even when my 2 year old is at her father's I speak to her daily. I've never not known exactly where any of my children were at any given time
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I found the article - they're not even being charged with anything. They're calling it a "misunderstanding." NO ONE knew she was missing. The dad and both aunts all assumed she was with someone else. That's not a misunderstanding, that's neglect. I personally wouldn't even leave my 2-year-old at Chuck E Cheese knowing who was taking care of them. Older, drop-off party, sure. But at 2, that would generally mean a fairly large group of 2-year-olds in a really hectic place. I wouldn't trust that situation.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
2 days????? That is unbelievable! I'm so overprotective of my twin 2yr old sons...that people actually make fun of me. :( I cant help it...those boys are my world! :D I would have a hard time leaving them at a chuck-e-cheese without knowing EXACTLY who was taking care of them and when they would be home.
lil11ro lil11ro 9 years
i could see not knowing your child was missing for a few hours if you thought someone else had them but a few days????? although i truely believe that men dont have the same insticts as women. thats a crazy story.
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 9 years
Something sounds fishy there...
abqmama abqmama 9 years
That is insane! When my kids are gone anywhere, even with my parents, I am constantly calling and asking if they are ok and what they are doing (it drives my mom crazy).
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Anyone have a link to the actual story?
Moms Moms 9 years
kikidawn, that's so funny. my parents live a mile from my house and they ask me to call anytime the kids and i are headed home after dark!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I think it would only make sense if the dad was Cletus from the Simpsons :)
babysugar babysugar 9 years
that just seems insane to me!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
It's understandable IF the girl was 16....but NOT a 2 year old!!! WRONG! Even when i was 16 I had to call to check in or let my parents know if we had a change of plans! Actally even when I was 18 and 19!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Ok I'm confused. They - both the aunts and the father - left a 2-year-old unattended at a Chuck E Cheese birthday party? What about the parents hosting the party? Did they know the child was left unattended, did they voluntarily take responsibility for the well-being of the children at the party? Regardless, I can't see not at least stopping at a payphone and saying "Hey, did you guys make it home ok?" And while the dad has the (flimsy) excuse of no phone, what about the aunts?
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Unbelievable! That is why my Mom still makes me call when I get home from visiting other places (even though I don't still live with her). Then she knows that I am with my boyfriend and we can keep up with each other. :) I can't believe that. Wow.
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