Investigators went to the house and said several families live there together with several children between them, Monson said. Investigators and DCFS will work together with the family to see if it was an oversight or an accident or if charges are warranted.

“This could have been a whole lot worse,” Monson said. “We’ve been out on cases where we are looking for a missing child in cold weather.”

Schmidt said they have had people get lost or separated from each other in the maze in the past, but nothing like this.

“Kids have little legs of their own and little minds of their own, and it’s not hard to get separated," he said. "You have to constantly be watching and re-counting and making sure you have everyone."

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