Father kidnaps his 1 year old Son but Mother finds him 22 years later

It is most unfortunate that when family relationships turn sour it can lead to heartbreaking incidents where children suffer the most. A fierce tug of war that ensues over children between husband and war takes a huge emotional toll on children that can seriously traumatize them for life leading to insecure adults.


It was a similar incident that led to Maria Mancia a mother seeing her son after 22 years all because he was taken away by his father when he was just a baby.


1 Just a picture and nothing else to find a boy missing for 22 years

When Maria Mancia set eyes on her 21 year old son Steve, she stared at him in disbelief He was now a man and she was setting eyes on him after 21 years. She remembers it all too well the day she lost him in 1995 from her home in Southern California. Her 1 year old son Steven Hernandez was kidnapped by his own father Valentine Hernandez who left no traces of his son by removing all his photos and even his ultrasound.It was extremely tough finding her son because authorities had very little leads as to his whereabouts. The only possible identification was an old picture given by a relative.

Said Maria “It’s all I had of him,” she said. “It was always with me.” The task of finding Steve was assigned to The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Child Abduction Unit. Although there was no luck for the first few years, they soon worked on a tip which led them to Puebla Mexico where they actually found Steve. His Father was presumed either missing or dead.

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2 She was finally seeing her son after 22 years

For Steve it was big shock. “I didn’t know if she was alive or not and to get a call that says they found my mother and that she had been looking for me, it was like a cold bucket of water. But it’s good. It’s good.”


The day Steve finally came face to face with his mother, he brought her new photos of himself. Maria also learnt that while in Mexico Steve had studied law and it was his dream to attend a law school in the United States. Fir Maria the ordeal is now over and her cherished dream of being united with her son has finally come true “Now this anguish I’ve carried is gone now that I have my son back,.” Watch the heart rending video where she is seeing her son after 22 years and share it too.


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