WARREN, Mich. – Workers at the Caesarland were shocked to find a three-year-old boy all alone on Saturday night. He was left behind after his birthday party ended.
The birthday party was a celebration at a Caesarland in Warren complete with pizza and presents. It was a Saturday filled with fun, that is until the three-year-old found himself alone at about 9:00 p.m.
“The party ended at around 7:30 p.m.,” said Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer. “This is being treated as a criminal matter… There’s neglect. There’s abandonment charges possibly coming.”
36 hours passed from Saturday night until Monday afternoon when the boy’s father came back to Caesarland looking for him. Since Saturday, the three-year-old boy has been in the custody of Child Protective Services. Monday, the parents gave the following explanation to police.
“The father is indicating… that he thought that the mother had picked up the three-year-old. They’re separated, but they live in the same apartment complex. The mother is telling us that she thought that the father or grandmother had taken the three-year-old home,” Dwyer said.
In nearly 50 years as a cop, Dwyer says this is one of the most outrageous and disturbing things he has seen. The three-year-old is not being released from foster care until further notice.
“How can they forget or assume that the other parent for two days has their son? I mean, there’s no excuse for this,” said Dwyer.
Warren Police have turned over their findings to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office. They will decide if there will be criminal charges.