Women Hid Boy For 8 Years, Refused Medical Treatment For Child Kept Hidden From World

By iScienceTimes Staff on February 20, 2013 11:33 AM EST

Two Texas women who hid a boy for eight years were found guilty of kidnapping and other child abuse related charges on Tuesday. Krystle Tanner and her mother Gloria Walker kidnapped Miguel Morin eight years ago when Tanner was the boy's babysitter. The women hid the boy for eight years, changing his name to Jaquan and moving him between different homes so that it would be harder for police to find him. The women claim that Miguel was sold to them by his mother and that they didn't do anything wrong, but prosecutors cited a lack of basic care as proof they were trying to keep the boy from public view.

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"If Ms. Walker and Ms. Tanner had a right to little Miguel, why wasn't he in school? Why didn't you get the rest of his immunizations? Why didn't you take him to the dentist? They knew they didn't have that right. They knew they couldn't put that baby out in the public eye," Kevin Dutton, the San Augustine County District Attorney, said in court.

Tanner and Walker's lawyers argued that the boy's mother was not actively looking for him and did not cooperate with police on the case, and that these actions prove it wasn't a kidnapping

"This is not a kidnapping. What has happened is you have a young lady who gave her child away," said Rudy Velasquez, Walker's attorney. "Ms. Morin was willing to sell her child for $200."

The jury didn't buy the defense and after hearing about how the two women hid the boy for eight years, took only two hours to deliberate before handing down a guilty verdict. Walker was sentenced to 30 years for injury to a child and eight years for kidnapping, to be served concurrently. Tanner was sentenced to eight years for kidnapping and eight years for the lesser charge of reckless injury to a child.

Miguel was turned over to Junita and Joseph Auguillard, who have also been taking care of Miguel's four siblings for nearly 10 years under an agreement they have with the boy's parents. Miguel is undergoing weekly therapy sessions to help him reconnect with his true family as well as to recover from the psychological damage he suffered after the women hid the boy for eight years.

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