TORONTO (AP) – The mother of a toddler, who was abducted in 1987, said Monday, astonished, when she learned he was found and overwhelmed with feelings, when he was finally reunited with him 31 years later. She urged others never to give up hope of finding their missing relatives.
Lyneth Mann-Lewis, who found out last week that the authorities had found her son in Connecticut, said at a news conference in Toronto that when she met him grabbed him and I squeezed his head and wanted to feel if he was real was. I touched him and said, "Oh my god, my baby."
Jermaine Mann, now 33, replied with the words, "Mom, you have my eyes" and he hugged me and he kissed me and we held ourselves there for a long time.
She said she had been through many hard days over the past 31 years, and had gone back to her son shortly after the Thursday he was found.
"The words," Your son is alive, we she found, "that's breathtaking," she said. "The constant worry is finally over."
Mann-Lewis said she cooks for her son and talks about their details during hours of talk at her hotel.
I want to encourage other families with missing children and children lovers who will never give up on ever giving up. I'm proof that after 31 long years of suffering, you should never give up, "she said," be patient, be strong and believe that anything is possible. "
Allan Mann Jr. was arrested in Vernon on Friday, Connecticut, arrested and accused of abducting his then 21-month-old son during a lawsuit visit to Toronto on June 24, 1987.
Authorities say he then entered the US – where he had relatives – and a fake ID
Authorities got a hint from a relative that he could live under another name in Connecticut.
The 66-year-old man appeared on Friday just before the federal court in Hartford and has been accused of misrepresenting in transactions with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development 19659008] The Hartford Courant reported that the son softly sobbed in the front row with his head in his hands and left the court without comment. Jermaine Mann was told that his mother died soon after birth, the Toronto police said.
"They lived, basically, a life of lies as to who they were and what they did without knowing Jermaine," Toronto Police Det. Wayne Banks said:
Allan Mann, one Canadian and one Ghanaian Owning citizenship, was found under the name Hailee DeSouza in HUN-subsidized housing in Vernon, about 12 miles east of Hartford, federal officials said his allegations in the US
Allan Mann is expected to be extradited to an abduction request in Canada to face.
In August, US Marshals interviewed some of Allan Mann's relatives and friends, including a family member who led authorities to Connecticut and his alleged
Later that month, a forensic scientist at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children analyzed an old photograph Allan Mann and the 2015 photo on DeSouza's Connecticut driver's license and found that they were probably the same person, said the arrest warrant.
The investigation has involved several US agencies including HUD, the US Marshals Service, Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, as well as the Toronto Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said his agency had held a 2016 conference on refugee education law enforcement
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