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5 Year Old Celebrates Birthday at Chuck E Cheese, Gets Left Behind Overnight
We’ve all been there as parents – that sinking feeling that you don’t know where your child is. But, taking it a step farther, have you ever forgotten about your child?
Accidents happen, which is what Maryland parents of 3-year-old Harmony, learned this past weekend when they inadvertently left her at Chuck E Cheese after a get together with friends. Her parents, who have split custody of her, assumed that she was with other family members. Unfortunately they did not learn their mistake until watching the 11pm news and catching a story about a toddler left at Chuck E Cheese. Then they saw their little daughter’s picture flashed on the TV screen and immediately called authorities. #parentingoops
Although I can’t imagine leaving my child at a restaurant, I can understand the miscommunication that must have taken place, especially with split-custody parents – Can you imagine the heated conversation those parents probably had with each other after they realized the huge blunder, and ultimate danger they left their child in?
Yes, I’m sure they learned a hard lesson. However, no matter how much empathy you bestow on those parents, no amount of understanding explains what this mother from Pearland, Texas did last Friday.
Azana Jackson celebrated her 5th birthday at Chuck E Cheese like countless other children do each year. Yet, unlike most birthday parties, where children feel special all day, Azana, found herself left alone in the restaurant at 10:30pm until an employee called local law enforcement when they were unable to find her mother. Blame it on the over-stimulating flashing lights, the deafening video-game sound effects, or the manic-inducing chaos that can occur at Chuck E Cheese (or similar child-infested entertainment zones), but this mother forgot her child. On. Her. Birthday.
Reportedly Azana’s mother had taken all 10 of her children, along with several other kids, to the party. But when the party ended that night, this mother packed up her 9 children (she must not have counted?), went home, put them all to bed, fell asleep, and did not notice that her 5-year-old birthday girl was missing until she was getting everyone ready for school at 7:50am the next morning. This was not just a mistake, this was carelessness. #parentingfail
What do you think? Was this just a big mistake or should this mom face criminal charges for endangering her child?
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