A 3-year-old Maryland girl was left behind by her parents at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant only realizing that they had forgotten her when they saw a report about her on the evening news.
Restaurant workers only knew that the girl, identified as Harmony, was in need of help when she went up to a restaurant worker around 8.30pm Monday night saying that she was thirsty.
The staff members told police that she had arrived at the Bel Air, Maryland childrens restaurant around 4pm with a large party of about 10 family members.
Her parents were among the adults at the party, and they reportedly left her behind thinking that she was with her other relatives when they left the restaurant.
One report says that Harmony was with the group as they were leaving the restaurant around 8pm, but then she spotted a stray token and ran inside to play another game. Because they had not made a reservation and paid in cash, there was no way to contact the family directly.
In an effort to find her parents, police officers made contact with local news stations who agreed to broadcast her picture and the story on the 11pm news.
Almost immediately after her picture aired, both of Harmony’s parents, who share custody of the girl, called the police identifying themselves.
The girl was then released into the custody of her mother.
Given the accidental nature of the incident, the police do not expect that any charges will be filed in the case.
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