Toddler Abandoned at Chuck E. Cheese

Mother makes contact with police

Sunday, Feb 28, 2010  |  Updated 1:31 PM CDT
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An unidentified girl, about 2 years old, was found all alone at a Chicago Chuck E Cheese's. Flickr Image Courtesy: TheTruthAbout

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Late Sunday morning, the mother of a young girl abandoned at a North Side Chuck E. Cheese restaurant made contact with police.

The girl, who answered to the name of "Kayla" and looks to be about 2 years old, was found at the Chuck E. Cheese at 1830 W. Fullerton Ave. around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to an alert from the Belmont Area Special Victims Unit.

The girl could not provide any information other than her first name to police officers.  But a woman claiming to be the child's mother saw called police Sunday morning.

There may have been a misunderstanding between the girl’s aunt and her mother about who the child would go home with, police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said.

The mother apparently thought the girl was going to sleep over at the aunt’s house, Perez said. It wasn’t immediately clear which of the two women were at the Chuck E. Cheese with the girl.

The girl’s mother reached out to police after the girl’s aunt contacted her when she saw coverage about the girl being found, Perez said.

The girl was turned over to the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The agency is now investigating the incident.

Police said it's not clear whether any charges will be filed.

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