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(Salt Lake Tribune)   How does a 3-year-old child get left alone in corn maze after family goes home? Polygamous father explains, when you have so many kids, it's easy to miss one or more   ( sltrib.com) divider line
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2017-10-12 05:24:49 PM  
My wife and I were talking about this last night and the only detail she had at the time was "woman finds 3yo boy in corn maze and it takes parents until next day to realize".  I didn't hear it was Utah but my guess was that you get enough kids and parents together you may think the 3yo is in one car when he's in another one.

Bet they enforce the buddy system a little better in the future.
 
2017-10-12 05:27:04 PM  
Welp, there's a guy who should be a parent.
 
2017-10-12 05:27:42 PM  
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2017-10-12 05:44:04 PM  

BizarreMan: My wife and I were talking about this last night and the only detail she had at the time was "woman finds 3yo boy in corn maze and it takes parents until next day to realize".  I didn't hear it was Utah but my guess was that you get enough kids and parents together you may think the 3yo is in one car when he's in another one.

Bet they enforce the buddy system a little better in the future.


I could understand not noticing for a few hours but overnight? No matter how many you have you should realize when one is missing....
 
2017-10-12 05:44:29 PM  
Hopefully CPS takes him on that.
 
2017-10-12 05:49:31 PM  

dv-ous: Welp, there's a guy who should be a parent.


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2017-10-12 05:55:33 PM  

The Italian Farker: BizarreMan: My wife and I were talking about this last night and the only detail she had at the time was "woman finds 3yo boy in corn maze and it takes parents until next day to realize".  I didn't hear it was Utah but my guess was that you get enough kids and parents together you may think the 3yo is in one car when he's in another one.

Bet they enforce the buddy system a little better in the future.

I could understand not noticing for a few hours but overnight? No matter how many you have you should realize when one is missing....


True enough.

As far as him escaping into the corn.  It's been a long time since my daughter was 3 but I remember that she was fast as greased lightning.
 
2017-10-12 06:10:56 PM  
Meh, we left my little brother at J.C. Penny's when he was about 4 years old. There were only five of us.
 
2017-10-12 06:11:58 PM  

ababyatemydingo: Meh, we left my little brother at J.C. Penny's when he was about 4 years old. There were only five of us.


In case you're wondering.... We went back for him after 20 minutes after realising he was missing.
 
2017-10-12 07:48:16 PM  

ababyatemydingo: ababyatemydingo: Meh, we left my little brother at J.C. Penny's when he was about 4 years old. There were only five of us.

In case you're wondering.... We went back for him after 20 minutes after realising he was missing.


I was wondering.
 
2017-10-12 08:05:23 PM  
And next summer when he forgets one in a hot car?
 
2017-10-12 08:07:41 PM  
A friend of my mam's left one of her three kids in a shopping cart in a parking lot and didn't notice until she had almost exited it and turned the car around, went back, and found him still in the seat of the cart. He was fine. She was a wreck, and the other two kids were merciless arseholes. 

I would paraphrase Oscar Wilde here but it seems unkind.
 
2017-10-12 08:22:36 PM  
Is Malachi still out there? Amaizeing!
 
2017-10-12 08:23:21 PM  
This is one of those things were everyone is all, 'OH MY GOD!  SUCH BAD PARENTS!' while ignoring the fact that it is incredibly common and that lots of 'good' parents have done this.
 
2017-10-12 08:23:59 PM  
Getting this out of the way

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2017-10-12 08:24:29 PM  
If you can't manage 20 kids, don't have 20 kids. It's pretty simple really.
 
2017-10-12 08:24:50 PM  
Hey, isn't that the entire purpose of having 11 kids? You can afford to lose one or two at that point, no big deal.
 
2017-10-12 08:27:08 PM  
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2017-10-12 08:27:58 PM  

optikeye: Hopefully CPS takes him on that.


While they are at it, they should check to see how many of the underage girls he is raping.  FLDS always marries girls young, and anytime you see a polygamist mormon, it is a given he has at least a couple underage girls in his harem.
 
2017-10-12 08:28:08 PM  

ababyatemydingo: ababyatemydingo: Meh, we left my little brother at J.C. Penny's when he was about 4 years old. There were only five of us.

In case you're wondering.... We went back for him after 20 minutes after realising he was missing.


Tbh I read that as "went back for him 20 minutes after realising he was missing", and I was gonna ask if you realised the next morning like this guy
 
2017-10-12 08:29:41 PM  

ababyatemydingo: Meh, we left my little brother at J.C. Penny's when he was about 4 years old. There were only five of us.


Understands 
Nick Rivers - Are You Lonesome Tonight
Youtube umEB3KG9Ydw
 
2017-10-12 08:30:03 PM  
Older brother:

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2017-10-12 08:30:14 PM  
It's like forgetting to pick up the child from the bus stop on the first day of school.

/not me
/someone else who probably hasn't forgotten since.
 
2017-10-12 08:31:09 PM  

Zombies ate my neighbors: Hey, isn't that the entire purpose of having 11 kids? You can afford to lose one or two at that point, no big deal.


Ahhh r-selection reproduction.  Irish catholics, mormons, and salmon.
 
2017-10-12 08:31:14 PM  
Never would have pegged Antonio Cromartie as a corn maze kind of fella.
 
2017-10-12 08:36:53 PM  

ar393: ababyatemydingo: Meh, we left my little brother at J.C. Penny's when he was about 4 years old. There were only five of us.

Understands [YouTube video]


One of my - and now my teenage children 's - favorite movies.
 
2017-10-12 08:39:27 PM  
I still remember the one time there was a bbq at the lake, and since I was one of the few of my friends with a car, and it was a station wagon, people headed to my house where we gathered, then loaded up the station wagon and head out. About ten or fiteen minutes down the highway, through five minutes of city traffic, one of the kids pipes up that so and so was missing..so and so being a four or five year old boy..so we rushed right back, having to wait another damn long five minutes until the next offramp, breaking speed limit laws aloong the way.

He was fine. We got there and he was on the couch, asleep, with tear tracks down his face, still hiccuping, having literally cried himself to sleep. I wasn't the mom, but stil had rarely felt so bad in my life. Once he woke up, he was fine, and ate up all the attention showered on him the rest of the day, including being the center of attention when we finally got to the bbq at the lake. When you get four adults and eight kids all together exicted and packing things and whatnot ..yeah, it's possible for a kid to get overlooked.

but overnight? hell no. just no.
 
2017-10-12 08:39:27 PM  
Tiffany, Heather, Cody, Dylan, Dermot, Jordan, Taylor, Brittany, Wesley, Rumer, Scout, Cassidy, Zoe, Chloe, Max, Hunter, Kendall, Kaitlin, Noah, Sasha, Morgan, Kyra, Ian, Lauren, Qbert, and Phil.
 
2017-10-12 08:40:02 PM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: Getting this out of the way

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While everyone else is checking out the newborn Josh appears to be checking out his sisters.
 
2017-10-12 08:40:16 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: This is one of those things were everyone is all, 'OH MY GOD!  SUCH BAD PARENTS!' while ignoring the fact that it is incredibly common and that lots of 'good' parents have done this.


I think if you lose a kid overnight you can't say you are a good parent anymore. Maybe a 'good' parent as you put it. Like they should legally be forced to do air quotes every time they say they are 'good' parents.
 
2017-10-12 08:40:25 PM  

The Italian Farker: BizarreMan: My wife and I were talking about this last night and the only detail she had at the time was "woman finds 3yo boy in corn maze and it takes parents until next day to realize".  I didn't hear it was Utah but my guess was that you get enough kids and parents together you may think the 3yo is in one car when he's in another one.

Bet they enforce the buddy system a little better in the future.

I could understand not noticing for a few hours but overnight? No matter how many you have you should realize when one is missing....


I did that once, we were at the park with friends and it started raining real hard. I'd  assumed Junior was in the friends vehicle because he'd wanted to ride to dinner with them.  We called them to see if they still wanted to eat too find it we'd left the kid
 
2017-10-12 08:40:53 PM  
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2017-10-12 08:41:18 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: This is one of those things were everyone is all, 'OH MY GOD!  SUCH BAD PARENTS!' while ignoring the fact that it is incredibly common and that lots of 'good' parents have done this.


Leave a kid behind? Sure. Overnight? Not so much.
 
2017-10-12 08:43:16 PM  
as 1 of 8 kids, I was left behind at a grocery store when I was about 7 (late 70s).

mom, dad, 8 kids, 2 full shopping carts... I left the checkout line to wander around the other register lines and got distracted by a bottle of glitter.

I was in a closed register lane and found the bottle of glitter hanging with other art supplies and I opened the package and sprinkled it on my hands and rolled it through my fingers and was just fascinated by it.

Then I looked around and my family was gone. I went out to the parking lot to look for our station wagon and it was gone.

Then I started at one end of the parking lot and did a full thorough sweep walking up and down each row of cars. No station wagon.

I went back into the store and was hesitant about approaching an adult because you know, stranger danger, but I remembered that Twinkie the Kid was there that afternoon and was handing out samples and free plastic Twinkie rings.

Now I saw Twinkie the Kid a lot on tv and from what I knew about him he was always helpful and would rescue kids who were in danger.

But I was still a little weary so I stood around the corner and watched Twinkie's interactions with other kids until I felt it was safe to approach.

Then I walked up to him and he gave me a Twinkie ring and I just f*ckin' broke down and the water works started.

Eventually I ended up in the manager's office which was neat because it was on the second level and overlooked the main registers through a wall of two-way mirrors which I had never seen before.

I knew my address and phone number and the manager kept calling my house (we didn't have an answering machine) and we just sat and waited.

On the other side of things...

My mom would normally do a head count as we would pile in the family truckster with me and a brother in the tailgate, 5 in the middle row sitting on laps, dad driving, and my mom held the youngest on her lap in the front.

Well apparently as she called my name, one of my sisters looked back into the tailgate and said "his hat's here" and that was good enough confirmation for my mom that I was present.

Until they got home and started unloading the groceries and then my mom noticed I was missing.

The way she told the story, she grabbed my dad and said "you better head back up to the store and if you don't come home with Calbert, don't bother coming back home" (which was probably a tempting ultimatum for him).

My dad came up and retrieved me and my mom had answered the home phone in the meantime and spoke to the store manager.

And as was the style in that time, I did receive some physical punishment for causing my mom distress and for making my dad waste gas on 2 trips to the store.

at least I got a Twinkie ring.

/♫ are you lonesome tonight...♫
 
2017-10-12 08:45:03 PM  
"Lose" them when they're young?  Dang, that's what I've been doing wrong.  Mine keep finding their way back home.
 
2017-10-12 08:46:30 PM  
When I was about five I visited my grandpa in Kansas with my family. It was such an amazing neighborhood, I went exploring it for about an hour or so. I was very smart for my age, so I easily found my way back to grandpa's house after I was done.

Apparently you're supposed to tell people when you are exploring a new neighborhood by yourself. And also not be just five years old.

Boy were they pissed off. Who knew?
 
2017-10-12 08:50:35 PM  

edmo: And next summer when he forgets one in a hot car?


Well...shiat....you know how it is when you have 38 of the little brats to keep track of! I'll be sure to crack the windows and beat the wimmen harder next time!
 
2017-10-12 08:51:22 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: This is one of those things were everyone is all, 'OH MY GOD!  SUCH BAD PARENTS!' while ignoring the fact that it is incredibly common and that lots of 'good' parents have done this.


Overnight?
 
2017-10-12 08:55:42 PM  
Probably wasn't the first time.
 
2017-10-12 08:58:34 PM  

Kirablue42: I still remember the one time there was a bbq at the lake, and since I was one of the few of my friends with a car, and it was a station wagon, people headed to my house where we gathered, then loaded up the station wagon and head out.


Was this a Andy Griffith Show episode?
 
2017-10-12 08:58:59 PM  

calbert: as 1 of 8 kids, I was left behind at a grocery store when I was about 7 (late 70s).

mom, dad, 8 kids, 2 full shopping carts... I left the checkout line to wander around the other register lines and got distracted by a bottle of glitter.


I don't understand this thing where the whole family goes shopping.  Why?  How can that be easier than one parent going shopping and the other one staying home with the kids?

I don't see it so much at the grocery store but it's all the rage at Walmart.  Mom, dad, aunt Jean, grandma in her off-brand Hoveround, and 6+ kids orbiting the cart screaming, "Get this!  Get this!"  Why can't just one person go to the store and everyone else stay home?  I don't understand.
 
2017-10-12 09:02:16 PM  
"it's easy to miss one or more"

I dunno, sounds like he didn't miss them much...
 
2017-10-12 09:03:22 PM  

A'isha P.: [img.fark.net image 276x183]


Did you know the actress on the left, the youngest wife on the show, is the voice of the bunny from zootopia? She does a really good job which is important to me, because my kid loves that movie and I have seen it, or at least had it on in the background, about 50 times. Conservatively 50 times.

/"skunkssssssss butt" still makes my wife laugh.
//have not lost a kid yet.
 
2017-10-12 09:05:55 PM  

Bannanaslug: Fark_Guy_Rob: This is one of those things were everyone is all, 'OH MY GOD!  SUCH BAD PARENTS!' while ignoring the fact that it is incredibly common and that lots of 'good' parents have done this.

I think if you lose a kid overnight you can't say you are a good parent anymore. Maybe a 'good' parent as you put it. Like they should legally be forced to do air quotes every time they say they are 'good' parents.


You can't reasonably expect parents to notice all of their children each and every night.
 
2017-10-12 09:12:36 PM  

jtown: calbert: as 1 of 8 kids, I was left behind at a grocery store when I was about 7 (late 70s).

mom, dad, 8 kids, 2 full shopping carts... I left the checkout line to wander around the other register lines and got distracted by a bottle of glitter.

I don't understand this thing where the whole family goes shopping.  Why?  How can that be easier than one parent going shopping and the other one staying home with the kids?

I don't see it so much at the grocery store but it's all the rage at Walmart.  Mom, dad, aunt Jean, grandma in her off-brand Hoveround, and 6+ kids orbiting the cart screaming, "Get this!  Get this!"  Why can't just one person go to the store and everyone else stay home?  I don't understand.


When one parent works alot to support that many kids they want to spend time with them and those trips can take awhile. Especially if you are filling 2 carts. Feeding that many kids is a crazy amount of food and you don't want to go shopping every other day.
If you are at home with that many kids then when your spouse gets home you want that lucky farker to be a buffer between you and the kids as much as possible.
The real crazy part of that story is how they used to stack kids together in cars like that. I dont even want to think about the accidents involving a family with kids on laps and everything. I still think it is crazy that my parents would have us in the bed of the truck sometimes. And that was the 90's.
 
2017-10-12 09:13:01 PM  
One too many letters in MORmON.
 
2017-10-12 09:14:09 PM  

BizarreMan: The Italian Farker: BizarreMan: My wife and I were talking about this last night and the only detail she had at the time was "woman finds 3yo boy in corn maze and it takes parents until next day to realize".  I didn't hear it was Utah but my guess was that you get enough kids and parents together you may think the 3yo is in one car when he's in another one.

Bet they enforce the buddy system a little better in the future.

I could understand not noticing for a few hours but overnight? No matter how many you have you should realize when one is missing....

True enough.

As far as him escaping into the corn.  It's been a long time since my daughter was 3 but I remember that she was fast as greased lightning.


My boy's 2 1/2, and that litte farker can be three houses down in the time it takes to check the mailbox.
 
2017-10-12 09:14:40 PM  
When I was 3 or 4, I was left at the local drugstore, a place everyone went to after church on Sundays to buy a newspaper or what ever.  Think Mayberry but smaller.  I was near the door looking at comic books.  The owner knew me, my parents and my grandparents, etc., called them and they came and got me.  My parents didn't realize I was missing until they got the call.  I should have just moved out then.

So yeah, it happens, but overnight?  Jeez, somebody buy these folks a TV.  They've had enough kids.
 
2017-10-12 09:15:14 PM  

winedrinkingman: optikeye: Hopefully CPS takes him on that.

While they are at it, they should check to see how many of the underage girls he is raping.  FLDS always marries girls young, and anytime you see a polygamist mormon, it is a given he has at least a couple underage girls in his harem.


Bigot
 
2017-10-12 09:15:45 PM  
Should at least spring for an rfid chip for the little buggers.

I got my cat done for like $19.95.
 
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