A heartbreaking yet courageous story of a mother fighting to protect her children…and the family court system that failed this family.

This story is reblogged from: http://amississippimom.wordpress.com/

The Guardian ad Litem recommended sole custody to an allegedly abusive, criminal and drug abusing father who was later to found so unfit and abusive towards the children that they were later removed from his home. This mother was then prevented from being reunited from her children because she was now being sanctioned by the court for failing to pay exorbitant GAL fees!
“Even though my children are fully cognizant, aware, of their own memories, of me, their mother, of my behavior, of my affection, my deep, abiding, maternal love for them, and of our lives together, I have yet to offer any reasonable explanation why their father, an indisputable criminal, abuser, drug-user, was able to obtain, and keep, custody of them for so long, and, how this was done with the complicity of those court appointed to see to the children’s safety and well-being … how all these things were done for so long, how I was given very limited, stringent visitation, as their mother, and for so long. Is it acceptable to try to explain to children? How does one do so in any rational way?”

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Starting Over When You Can’t Go Back?  – To All Protective Parents:  Rebuilding when you can’t go home again:
To all of my friends:  I have slowly begun to rebuild my work and my career, my freelance paralegal research.  I had been self-employed in the same field for over 20 years when my life came to a screeching halt in 2010 when my young children (ages 9 and 12) were kidnapped by their father and taken over 200 miles away … this was parental kidnapping, against custody, against the law.  So many others are familiar with this horror but this type of kidnapping garners little sympathy and certainly less action.  This atrocity, and the long-haul of horror it places a protective parent in is in no way different than having your children kidnapped by a stranger.  Although with parental abductions there may some knowledge, confirmation, and awareness, however vague, that…

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Miguel Morin (renamed Jaquan by his kidnapper) was kidnapped from his family at age 8 months by his godmother and babysitter, Krystle Tanner and her mother, Gloria Walker. Incredibly, after 8 years, Miguel/Jaquan has been reunited with his family.

My heart goes out to these children, it seems they have been through so much.. It is a miracle this child has been found and reunited with his family. I am praying for this family, and thanking God for this miracle.

Thank you to the police, prosecutors and jurors for their hard work on this case. And thanks to the Auguillard family for taking these children into their home, caring for them, and keeping these siblings together.

San Augustine, Texas

2004: Miguel Morin, 8 months, is kidnapped from his home by the babysitter and godmother, Krystle Tanner and her mother, Gloria Walker. Tanner and Walker renamed the baby “Jaquan”.

-Tanner claims she “bought” the baby from his biological mother, Auboni Champion-Morin and father, Fernando Morin. However, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham of San Augustine County felt there was significant evidence showing this was a case of kidnapping. Tanner and Walker lived on the run with Jaquan/Miguel for 8 years and kept him out of school to avoid suspicion. Jaquan/Miguel was abused & neglected, and frequently denied basic medical care.

-Child Welfare investigators said the Morins were uncooperative with the investigation when the child was reported missing, the Morins deny this.

April 2010: Krystle Tanner’s newborn son test positive for marijuana, and an investigation into her background begins, raising questions about Miguel/Jaquan.

Summer 2011- Krystle Tanner brings Miguel/Jaquan to the hospital for a leg injury and cannot provide any identifying information,or a social security number. A hospital staff member alerts social services, prompting an investigation.

March 2012: Authorities prove that Jaquan is the kidnapped child Miguel Morin, and arrested Tanner and Walker (who resided together). Jaquan/Miguel is placed into foster care temporarily.

Jan 2013: A Houston judge places Jaquan/Miguel with Junita and Joseph Auguillard, who are caring for the boy’s 4 siblings. The Auguillard family has had an agreement, for the last 10 years, to care for the Morin children ages 7-14. The Auguillard family is the legal guardians. The Morins are not commenting on the circumstances which led to the children being placed out of home.

Jaquan/Miguel has been told the truth about his family of origin and is in weekly joint theray sessions with his biological parents.

On Feb. 19, 2013, jurors found both Gloria Walker and Krystle Tanner guilty of kidnapping.

Gloria Walker was sentenced to 30 years for injury to a child and eight years for kidnapping. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Krystle Tanner, was sentenced to eight years for kidnapping and eight years for reckless injury to a child, to be served concurrently as well.

This is a complicated story, the Morrins are currently separated from all of their children, and working in therapy towards reunion. I sincerely hope the Morins get the help needed, and make the efforts, to maintain their relationship with their children, and get a fresh start to be a family.

Sources:

Christianpost.com, “Women Hid Boy for 8 Years: 2 Women Convicted for Kidnapping 8 Month Old Baby (VIDEO)” . Feb 19, 2013. Written by Jim Gardner, Christian Post Contributor: http://www.christianpost.com/news/women-hid-boy-for-8-years-2-women-convicted-for-kidnapping-8-month-old-baby-video-90384/

ClarionLedger.com, ” Texas women hid boy for 8 years after kidnapping”. Feb 19, 2013.
Written by Associated Press: http://www.clarionledger.com/viewart/20130219/NEWS03/130219023/Texas-women-hid-boy-8-years-after-kidnapping

Daily Mail Online,”DNA test on boy, 8, proves he IS the baby of couple who reported him missing in 2004 – but did they actually GIVE him away?”. March 22, 2012. By Daily Mail Reporter: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2118851/Miguel-Morin-DNA-test-proves-baby-couple-reported-missing-2004–did-away.html