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Deputies: The fair is not a babysitter

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Updated: 10/01/2013 11:42 pm Published: 10/01/2013 11:35 pm

FOX23 has learned dozen of kids managed to get away from their caretakers at the Tulsa state fair.

They estimate at points they've had 18 to 20 missing kids a day.

The problem is so out of hand the Tulsa County deputies are telling parents the fair is not a babysitter.

The fair is the place many people want to be for the rides, food and fun.
But it's also been a headache for deputies.

"The first thing we have to tell parents is don't use the fair as a baby sitter. It's not a day care center. It's not some place you come and drop off your kid and expect at your convenience to be able to find that child," said Tulsa County deputy Shannon Clark.

FOX23 found out a parent dropped off their 8-year-old alone at the fair on one occasion and deputies had to call that parent to pick up their child. FOX23 also learned a 10-year-old was left long after the fair closed waiting until almost 2 in the morning for their parent.

"There's no way I'd drop my kids off. I'm going to hold on to them with their hands the whole time they're here," said Ashley Buxton, a mother of two boys.

She says people have to be irresponsible to just leave their kids here.

"There are too many crazy people out here way too many crazy people," said Buxton.
Deputies say over the weekend 40 kids were lost.

"You have to know the intelligent level and the maturity of that child. If you leave a child attended and unsupervised in a public environment, one it could be a criminal act so they have to consider that, you can't take an 8-year-old and expect they are going to fend for themselves," said Clark.

"Always stay with your children," said Buxton.
Deputies say they want parents to stay with their kids especially the ones under ten.

They also have a booth set up at the fair where parents can go to pick up wristbands for their kids. They can put their name on the wristbands and a contact number to reach the parents in case they are ever separated.

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t town253 - 10/3/2013 9:48 AM
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Okay so what are the consequences for these idiot parents being so negligent??? How stupid and wreckless can you idiot parents be???? Did you forget there are CHILD MOLESTORS and MURDERERS waiting for your children???? Yall make me MAD!!!!!!!!

Mayor Maynot - 10/2/2013 4:17 PM
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Back in the day, Fox theater at 51st and Harvard had Saturday afternoon matinees during summer vacation. Nothing but wall to wall kids. I'm not saying that's the same as the fair. Children NEED to have adult companionship/supervision at the fair. Keep the carnies from robbing them.

bowlerdave - 10/2/2013 1:11 PM
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I used to work at a theatre locally where this was a daily occurrence. We always had 5-10 year olds sitting around waiting on their parents to come back and get them after being dropped off for 4-5 hours to watch a movie.
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