Kidnapped Boy To Live With Siblings: What Happened To Miguel Morin's Abductors? [REPORT]
An 8-year-old boy kidnapped when he was 8-months-old will live with his siblings in suburban Houston after years of being without a family.
Miguel Morin was viciously snatched from his home when he was a tiny infant. It is believed that Miguel's former babysitter, Krystle Tanner, and her mother, Gloria Walker, abducted Miguel. They have been charged with kidnapping and injury to a child. Though Tanner and Walker pleaded not guilty, they have not been released from jail.
"This is what we've been waiting for," Joseph Auguillard - the guardian of Miguel's two sisters and two brothers - told the Associated Press. "It's been a long time coming."
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Almost seven years after his disappearance, Miguel was finally found in March. But since then the 8-year-old kidnapped boy has fallen prey to the maze of the foster-care system. A judge finally responded to a petition by Junita and Joseph Auguillard on Wedesday, saying Miguel can live with them seven days a week. Previously he was only seeing his siblings on holidays and weekends.
About ten years ago, Miguel's parents, Auboni Champion-Morin and Fernando Morin, asked the Auguillards to take care of their oldest children who are now 14 and 12. The Auguillards lived in the same apartment complex. Originally it seemed like Miguel's parents only wanted help for a short period of time while they got settled. But ultimately they gave the Auguillards guardianship of their two younger children, now 10 and 7.
The fact that the Morins gave up custody of their children only adds more mystery to the bizarre kidnapping of an infant, allegedly by his babysitter. The motive is still unclear. And no information about a ransom has been released.
Though reports describe the the Auguillards' home in Channelview, Texas as a bit crowded and small, by all accounts Miguel is overjoyed. He will live with this four siblings and eight of the Auguillard's children.
"He fit right in, like he was never supposed to be gone," said Junita Auguillard. "He had an instant bond with the other siblings."
The other children - who range in aged from 7 to 19 - hugged Miguel and tried to make him feel at home in the living room with pictures on the mantle.
Miguel doesn't see his biological parents often. The three of them are going for therapy together, though. And the hope is that they will soon share custody with the Auguillards.
For now, though, Miguel is just happy to sit in the Auguillards' home and have pizza with his four siblings.
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