Texas baby who vanished for eight years finally returned to her mother’s arms after police arrested a former nanny, who was allegedly kidnapped the baby.
Krystle Rochelle Tanner, 26, was jailed without bail in San Augustine, about 200 miles southeast of Fort Worth. She was detained on charges of kidnapping.
Mother of this baby boy, Champion Auboni-Morin, told the television station in Houston, KPRC that he could be reunited with his son this week. Party officials said he had to do a DNA test first, even though they are confident in its identity.
“I wanted to hug her and let her know who I am,” said Champion-Morin, who lives in Houston. “I wish he could feel the same way I felt to him,” said Champion-Morin.
Tanner, is the godmother to Miguel Morin – the baby’s name – which became a suspect when the baby’s mother reported that her son is eight months old, disappeared in late 2004. But the brother Tanner in Houston told police that Tanner and the baby was missing.
According to Chief Deputy Sherriff Gary Cunningham of the Department of San Augustine, the case was later closed in 2006,
At the end of last summer, the child welfare investigator in San Augustine County – about 150 miles northeast of Houston – received a complaint that Tanner and her boyfriend abandoned their two children.
Officials tried to find the older boy. Tanner told authorities different stories about the child: he went by different names and she had been keeping him briefly for a woman that she had met in a park, Cunningham said.
Although sheriff’s deputies had no records for the boy and little information to work with, they began investigating it as a missing child’s case in January. 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. Even so, they didn’t know his name.
“It was very difficult because we were essentially searching for a ghost,” Cunningham told The Associated Press.
CPS officials recently learned that Tanner was suspected in the 2004 kidnapping, which led to Monday’s arrest. One of Tanner’s relatives led them to the boy but denied knowing that he had been abducted, Cunningham said.
It’s too soon to say whether anyone else will be arrested, Cunningham said.
He said the family will likely go through some counseling. The child apparently has never been in school, and one of the names Tanner called him was “Dirty,” he said.
CPS officials in Houston did not return calls Wednesday. The AP’s attempts to reach Champion-Morin were unsuccessful.
Champion-Morin said that she had done everything to find her child.
“I prayed every night that he was safe, loved and he would come home one day,” Champion-Morin said.