Warren — In a case police call “outrageous and disturbing,” the parents of a 3-year-old could face child abuse and abandonment charges today after reportedly leaving the toddler at Caesarland on Saturday following his birthday celebration.
Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the parents, a 33-year-old woman and 41-year-old man, took the boy to the Chuck E. Cheese-style restaurant for a party. Around 9 p.m., the manager spotted the child and couldn’t find anyone to claim him. Staffers contacted police, who handed him over to Child Protective Services, which placed the boy in foster care.
The parents, who live in separate apartments in the same Warren complex, were questioned by police Monday, Dwyer said.
Both said that up until Sunday, each thought the other had the child or that he could be with a grandmother, he added.
The mother never contacted police and waited until noon Monday to call Caesarland, Dwyer said. About an hour later, the father showed up at the restaurant on Hoover between 10 Mile and 11 Mile.
Dwyer said authorities had photographed the boy and were preparing to ask the public for help before the parents came forward.
“I’ve never heard of a situation like this in all my years where you have a birthday party for a 3-year-old and everybody forgets about him,” Dwyer said.
“This is so outrageous and disturbing.”
Dwyer said the case is being turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for a determination on charges.
The parents were questioned and released, Dwyer said.
The child remains in foster care.
Dwyer said neither parent has a criminal record.
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