I have an important and timely question. What is the deal with Chuck E. Cheese’s? It sells itself as a place “where a kid can be a kid,” but we’ve seen enough evidence that it’s more of a place where a kid can witness fights, murders, get served alcohol and the newest trend, a place to be left behind.
Last week these was the story of three-year-old Harmony who was left behind by her parents at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in Bel Air, Maryland. It made news because it was an unusual situation, especially since it’s a place for kids, and the last thing you should forget when you are there is that you have kids. That happened on Sunday, and then four days later, another young girl was left behind at Chuck E. Cheese, this time in Pearland, Texas. But this story, it’s even worse…
According to reports, five-year-old Azana Jackson was left behind on Thursday night at Chuck E. Cheese after her own birthday party. And the worst part? The mother supposedly didn’t realize she was gone until the NEXT MORNING!
Employees at Chuck E. Cheese reportedly noticed the young girl playing by herself at around 10:30 p.m.. They called the police but the authorities could not locate Azana’s mother. Soon after Child Protective Services stepped in and took custody of the girl. Apparently the next morning the mother realized her absent-mindedness and contacted the police. “The mother was very upset, very emotional that she had left the child at Chuck E. Cheese,” Investigator Jeff Mink said. The police are trying to figure out what happened saying that, “if she intended to leave the child behind, that would make it a criminal intent,” Mink said. CPS is also looking into the case, and will determine if (and when) the child can be returned to her mother.
Do you think that is possible to not just forget your child but not realize it until the next day?