KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin authorities say a family accidentally left a 2-year-old girl in Kenosha while 10 other kids were being taken to a birthday party in Illinois.

Kenosha police say the girl was found wandering in the street Thursday afternoon. She was unhurt.

The girl’s mother is a 27-year-old from Zion, Ill. She told police her family was taking 11 children to the party. The mother went to her sister’s home in Kenosha to pick up more youngsters and says the girl began playing with neighborhood children.

The mother says in the confusion of loading up the party-goers the girl was left behind. About 30 minutes later the family realized the girl wasn’t with them.

A Kenosha News report says the girl was returned to her mother.

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Comments (25)
  1. Guy says:

    And in the sequal; they will leave her in New York while trying to catch an airplane …

  2. Parenting minus 101 says:

    Unbelievable. Just unbelievable. At least they didn’t leave the cake on the curb.

    1. Minnesota Mom says:

      I agree. As a mother of five, I couldn’t possibly imagine not knowing where each and every one of my children are. Even when I’m sitting at the computer, I have an eye on Aiden, Braden, Jaden, Caiden, and . . . wait . . . where’s Lerlene? I saw her just before we left the mall . . . .

      1. Get real says:

        But see your perfect Not many people are

        1. Grammar Police says:


  3. g8bbgg says:

    So she did not miss an empty car seat? That is if there was a car seat. Also what type of vehicle was she driving to hold an adult and eleven children? Bust her for not having the kids in proper car seats as well. She must be a real winner in the Mother of the year contest, and I really mean MOTHER ******

    1. momof5 says:

      I agree totally with you, I have 5 kids, 3 under the age of 5 and our house is very crazy, we are always on the run going from ball game to ball game or whereever and I have never left any of my children anywhere. How could she not remember buckling the little on in the carseat or looking in the mirror and not seeing her baby. None of the kids noticed that she was missing either, if my husband or I leave to go somewhere and one of the kids isn’t with the other ones are always asking where is so and so? something seems fishy about all this at least to me anyway

      1. more kids, more free money says:

        You are a mother. These kids are just a welfare check.

        1. Riiiiiiight... says:

          Judging peoples financial status by how man children they have is ignorant and reflections of bigotry.

          You’re an idiot.

          Please don’t breed.

          1. Marcie says:

            Riiiiiiiight I agree…

        2. annoyed at ignorance says:

          Just because people have more than one or two children does not mean they are collecting welfare.. Please grow a brain and use it.

    2. MeanJeans says:

      They do make 15 passenger vans, you know, that can accommodate that amount of people. So before you go making accusations about this woman not having kids in proper car seats, how about you learn all the facts first? You don’t know what kind of car she was driving or that she didnt have them (the children she did have with her) properly fastened. I’m not saying she didn’t mess up for not checking all of the children were present but don’t make an a** out of yourself and assume things.

  4. GOOBY GOO says:


  5. steve says:

    Remembering to bring 10 out of 11 kids is over 90%. Isn’t that still an “A”?

  6. Geneva Ayte says:

    Lemme tell you how this works as someone who’s been there, done that. Managing multiple children, particularly during an outing or any event, requires continuous vigilance. Right. CONTINUOUS. Since this method allows no time for the Mom to rationalize a name with a face, build or sex of her child, the only way to successfully manage a “crew” is to take a headcount. And keep taking it from the time you are ready to go out the door until the time you get everybody back home, just COUNT HEADS. It’s fast. It’s practical. And it would avoid pathetic stories like this one where a toddler was left at the curb. I cannot imagine such stupidity; alas here it is in black and white!

  7. Michael Mulligan says:

    Maybe there were following the advice of the Democratic senators and the girl was a Republican. Just sayin’

    1. Always Politics says:

      What does that even mean?

  8. Suzanne says:

    I would like to know when she realized she was short one child…. What did she do? Did she call police? I am thinking, no. I am thinking she stayed at the party and didn’t think about it again…. Until the police in Kenosha tracked her down after finding the child. It is just pathetic.

    1. MeanJeans says:

      The story says she realized the child was missing 30 minutes after she left. It doesn’t mention what she did after and it’s unfair to assume she didn’t do anything when she realized her child was missing. Since The police returned the child to her, I think we can conclude that they felt the kid would be safe. You’re pathetic for making up your own version of events and seeming to think they are fact.

  9. Willow says:

    There needs to be some sort of electronic system that sends an alert to a parent’s cell phone if they forget their kid at home, in the car, or whatever. A bracelet system maybe? You could rig it so that a signal has to pass through the door and register on the parent’s bracelet. Something like this would end a lot of this stupid parental forgetfulness we keep reading about. I hope some inventor sees this comment

  10. marilyn.ries says:

    really a dumb as!

  11. Kimberly Murray says:

    Whoever returned the child to the mother is an IDIOT! Won’t be the last we hear about from this unfit mother!

  12. sharon says:

    this one I understand.

    she didn’t forget her child at home or on a curb. She loaded her child up, drove to her sisters’ home, at which point, the toddler was mixed in with a group of non party going neighborhood children & subsequently overlooked.

    btdt – not quite. But yeah it gets hectic & crazy trying to keep track of 20 adults & 10 kids for a birthday party. We just did it & pulled it off. I was so proud of myself.

    this mom let her vigilance slip. She will probably never do it again.

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