Just two days after a Maryland family left their three-year-old daughter behind at Chuck E. Cheese by accident -- and were only alerted after seeing her picture on the 11 p.m. news that night -- Texas has one-upped the Old Line State.
KTRK reported this afternoon that a five-year-old girl was left behind at a Pearland area Chuck E. Cheese last night. To make matters worse, it was the little girl's own birthday celebration:
Officials say the mother has a total of 10 children. Those kids were among 19 attending the girl's birthday party. The mother apparently woke up at about 7 a.m. today to get the kids ready for school and realized the five-year-old was missing. At that point the girl's mother called 911.
Unlike the Maryland case, the Pearland child has not yet been returned to the mother's custody.
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Ten fingers, ten kids -- counting them can't be that difficult. This isn't Home Alone; being left alone with a man in a Chuck E. Cheese costume will be a far more terrifying experience for your kids than fighting off Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Take it from a kid whose own parents forgot her at Camp Misty Meadows one year.