When a child goes missing, it’s a horrible situation for everyone involved. Fortunately, in many cases, children are found safe and sound, even if it’s been years since they went missing.
Take, for example, this case out of Texas. A child who had gone missing from Houston in 2017 was located in Florida. He was found with his father. His father did not have custody of the boy.
According to the Sanford Police Department, the child’s father took him away at the end of 2017 without letting the boy’s mother, his wife, know. At the time, they believed that he would travel to Tallahassee, where the man had previously lived. Unfortunately, he was not found there. He was found with his son in Sanford, around four hours from Tallahassee.
The child, now 9, was in good health when he was found. He and his father were in a vehicle at Fort Mellon Park when the police arrived.
After the boy’s father left with him, his mother sought full custody and won it in February 2018. In March 2019, he was filed as missing and abducted by a noncustodial parent.
The child is now waiting in Child Protective Services until he can be reunited with his mother. Texas law enforcement officers have jurisdiction in the case and may choose to file criminal charges against the father at a later time.
It’s a positive result that this boy was found safe. Any time a child goes missing, there are no guarantees, but parents can still work with law enforcement to put an end to parental kidnapping and bring their children home.