Missing Infant Found 8 Years After Being Kidnapped by Godmother

March 15, 2012  |  

Missing person stories don’t often have a happy ending, especially after several years have passed, but when it comes to missing Texas boy, Miguel Morin, the outcome is all good.

Miguel went missing in 2004 when he was just an infant, and although his baby sitter and godmother, Krystle Tanner, 26, was suspected of kidnapping back then, it wasn’t until Monday that police were finally able to arrest her. Authorities caught up to Krystle late last summer when child welfare investigators in San Augustine County received a complaint that Tanner and her boyfriend were neglecting their two children. Krystle told the investigators different stories about the child, that he went by different names and she had been keeping him briefly for a woman that she had met in a park.  Police tried to find the other child, and in January they began investigating Miguel as a missing person, although they had no records and little information.

According to the NY Daily News, neither Child Protective Services nor law enforcement knew about the 2004 Houston kidnapping case at the time because the boy had been removed from the national missing children’s database. When CPS officials learned that Krystle was suspected in the 2004 kidnapping, police arrested her Monday, and one of her relatives led detectives to the boy.

Miguel will have to undergo DNA tests to confirm his identify, although police are certain they have the right boy. Miguel’s mother, Auboni Champion-Morin, can hardly wait to be reunited with her son later this week.

“I want to hold him in my arms and let him know who I am. I hope he can feel the same thing I feel for him.

Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham of the San Augustine Sheriff’s Department, said the family will likely undergo counseling because the 8-year-old boy has never been in school, and was reportedly referred to as “dirty” by name. So far, it’s unclear whether anyone else will be arrested in the case, and what motive Krystle had for snatching the boy when she was just 18, but thankfully the mother and son will be reunited soon:

“I prayed every night that he was safe, loved and he would come home one day,” his mother said.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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