6-Year-Old Boy Left at Chuck E. Cheese Is Latest Kid Found Wandering Alone

lost boyWhat's with all the lost kids wandering around alone lately? I mean, it's great that some of them are being found, like the 2-year-old who was recently rescued by a jogger on a muddy forest trail. But it's still unsettling to think about, especially if you picture your own child in a similar situation.

I have a 6-year-old son, so that's exactly what I did when I heard about the 6-year-old boy who was found walking through the dark streets of Toledo miles from home. Apparently his mom accidentally left him at Chuck E. Cheese after a party, and the boy figured he'd walk home by himself.

Of course the poor little thing didn't realize home was eight miles away.

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Thank god the mayor (of all people!) happened to spot the boy while driving his white SUV. The kid was crying so hard (awwww!) that it took Mayor Mike Bell a little while to understand his story about being left behind at the party, but once that was clear, Bell drove him back to Chuck E. Cheese.

Not that the boy's mother was there or anything, because, if you remember, his mom left the party without him. Allegedly because she was driving a whole bunch of kids home in her car and didn't even notice her son was missing.

(I know, I know, but I'm not gonna judge, because every party at Chuck E. Cheese I've ever been to has driven me out of my right mind.)

Luckily the police were called and everything was straightened out. So all's well that ends well, I guess ... but whenever I think about my son in this boy's place, I still feel sick. What can we learn from this incident as parents?

What's really scary about this story, at least to me, is that when the boy realized his mom was gone, he didn't ask another parent or a Chuck E. Cheese employee for help -- he figured he could just get home on his own.

We take it for granted that our kids would approach a grown-up in a situation like this before they would venture forth into the dark night, but maybe they wouldn't.

Time to go give my son a refresher course on What to Do if We're Out Somewhere and You Can't Find Me.

Has your child ever been separated from you in public?

 

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