Mother reunited with son 31 years after parental abduction

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A Jamaican-Canadian woman has been reunited with her son who was abducted more than 30 years ago as a toddler.

Allan Mann Jr. allegedly took 21-month-old Jermaine to the US, with authorities alleging he obtained bogus documentation, including false birth certificates from Texas.

According to the United States Attorney's Office, Mann was living under the assumed name of Hailee Randolph DeSouza with a fake Texas birth certificate. It was made possible by the work of USA authorities who finally found and arrested the father, Allan Mann Jr. on October 26 in Vernon, Conn. Mann was living there with his son who was born as Jermaine Mann but was unknowingly using a fake name in the U.S. Jermaine Mann has since been reunited with his mother, Lyneth Mann-Lewis.

His father, 66-year-old Allan Mann, was arrested on Friday.

Canadian authorities say they intend to pursue extradition once the U.S. case is resolved, so that Mann Jr can be charged in connection with the 1987 abduction.

"But be patient. Be strong and believe that all things are possible and that anything can transpire".

Ms Mann-Lewis said she and Jermaine now had "the time to move forward" as a family.

How was Jermaine Allan Mann found?

"They lived, basically, a life of lies as to who they were and what they did, unbeknownst to Jermaine", Banks said.

Lyneth Mann-Lewis couldn't sleep last Friday.

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"I was sitting there wondering in my mind what was going to happen", she said.

While trying to overcome her emotion, Lyneth Mann-Lewis urged others to never give up hope of finding their missing loved ones.

A Toronto-area mother who spent three anguished decades wondering whether her son was alive or dead said their recent, happy reunion should offer hope to other families grappling with the pain of missing a child.

"It felt good sitting by my baby", she said.

He was arrested after the authorities received a tip from a relative that he might be living in CT in disguise.

The investigation has involved multiple U.S. agencies including HUD, the U.S. Marshals Service, Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, as well as Toronto police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He and Ms Mann-Lewis had separated the year before.

Flanked by officials with the Missing Children Society, she said she agonized over the pending reunion, especially after her original flight to CT was cancelled and the party had to catch a later flight.

The Hartford Courant reported that the son sobbed quietly in the front row with his head in his hands and left the courthouse without commenting.

All local leads on Mann Jr. went cold until Toronto police hooked up with U.S. Marshals at a 2016 fugitive conference where they discussed the Mann Jr. case.

Pick added: "I think we all need to be aware that it takes time to heal, and in order to do that, this family needs the privacy and support". "I am the proof that after 31 long years of suffering one should never give up", she said.

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