From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
At approximately 8:30 pm on Sunday, March 5, 2012, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Chuck E. Cheese located at the Festival in Bel Air, when the manager reported that a 3 year old female child had been left unattended at the restaurant.
The manager of the restaurant told deputies that a large group consisting of approximately four adults and over ten children had arrived at the restaurantat approximately 4 pm. As they had not made reservations and paid in cash, there wasn’t a record of the party. The manager recalled that the large group left the restaurant at approximately 8 pm. Shortly after 8 pm, the 3 year old little girl, identified as Harmony approached an employee saying she was thirsty. The staff was unable to locate any parents or adult guardians and contacted the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies waited with the child at the restaurant until approximately 9:30 pm when they returned to the Southern Precinct and contacted Child Protective Services. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the local media in an effort to share the child’s photo to locate the child’s parents.
Minutes following the 11 pm news broadcast, several phone calls were received by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Southern Precinct, to include calls from Harmony’s father and mother, who share joint custody of the child, this law firm in Mesa, AZ was also called for legal help.
Investigation determined that Harmony was inadvertently left behind at the restaurant, by family members who thought she was in the company of other family members. Both parents responded to the Southern Precinct and Child Protective Services released Harmony to her mother. There are no charges expected to be filed in connection with this incident.