Baby Kidnapped In 2004 Found In Texas

FORT WORTH (AP) – A Texas infant who vanished eight years ago will be reunited with his mother after police arrested his former babysitter who is accused of kidnapping him, authorities.

Krystle Rochelle Tanner, 26, remained jailed without bond in San Augustine, about 200 miles southeast of Fort Worth. She was arrested on a kidnapping charge Monday.

The boy’s mother, Auboni Champion-Morin, told a Houston television station that she may be reunited with her son later this week. Authorities said she must first undergo a DNA test, even though they’re sure of his identity.

“I want to hold him in my arms and let him know who I am,” said Champion-Morin, who lives in Houston. “I hope he can feel the same thing I feel for him.”

Tanner, also the baby’s godmother, was a suspect when the mother reported her 8-month-old son missing in late 2004. But Tanner’s relatives in Houston told police that she and the infant had vanished. The case went cold and was closed in 2006, said Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham of the San Augustine Sheriff’s Department.

Late last summer, child welfare investigators in San Augustine County — about 150 miles northeast of Houston — received a complaint that Tanner and her boyfriend were neglecting their two children, Cunningham said.

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.

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  • Terri

    If the child was still missing why did they remove him from the national missing children’s database? Doesn’t make sense to me.


    Cuz he was a black child thats why if he were white there would have been a manhunt for him in 2004 and all over the news and would have found him within days just stating the sad facts

  • elspeth

    Poor little boy – I hope they give him some intensive catch-up before they put him in school, or he’s going to have a really hard time. Even more of a really hard time.

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