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UPDATE: CPS takes custody of child believed kidnapped 8 years ago, babysitter in custody

SAN AUGUSTINE CO., TX (KTRE) - Child Protective Services in Houston has taken custody of a child believed kidnapped by his babysitter 8 years ago. 

The babysitter is identified as Krystle Rochelle Tanner.  A break in the case came this week.  Tanner, 26, was arrested Monday afternoon for kidnapping following a criminal investigation by the San Augustine County Sheriff's department and CPS. 

The sheriff's department and CPS were looking into allegations made in August 2011 that Tanner was negligent and possibly abusive to her newborn and 8 year old child.  The 8 year old child could not be found when CPS went to interview Tanner in San Augustine.  Investigators said Tanner and her boyfriend gave 'false and misleading' information concerning the child.  Their investigation eventually led them back to Houston and the 2004 kidnapping allegations against Tanner.

Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham said Tanner had evaded the law for 8 years.  Word of Tanner's arrest spread and around 8:45 Tuesday night Houston Police Department Homicide division said they received a telephone call from the suspect's sister who said the missing child was in her possession and he was safe in Houston.

CPS now has the child in their protective custody.  Cunningham says DNA tests will be conducted to confirm that the 8 year old is in fact the child, Miguel Antonio Morin, reported kidnapped in 2004.  The child's mother, Auboni Champion-Morin, who still resides in Houston, has been contacted.  She says she never gave up hope that her son would be found even after the case was closed in 2006.

In February 2005, HPD detectives took the case to the Harris County District Attorney's office. The D-A accepted the kidnapping case but due a technicality a warrant was never issued.  The case fell through the cracks and was closed in 2006, according to Cunningham. "The assistant or assistant D-A reviewed the case and asked for clarification of a certain aspect of the case regarding the exact date on which the child was taken.  For whatever reason the Houston Police department was unable to pin that information down and in 2006 they closed the case," said Cunningham.

For several years there were no new developments in the case.  Until this week when a suspect was arrested, the missing child was found safe, and a mother's prayers finally answered.

Tanner, until now, has been uncooperative with authorities, according to Cunningham.  He said once she learned that her sister had given up the child's location, Tanner denied kidnapping Miguel.  She did admit to hiding the child and misleading law enforcement.  And, she admitted to having the child in her possession for extended periods of time, said Cunningham.

Houston police say this is a very active case.  They are still trying to sort out all of the details.  They plan to issue a press release sometime Wednesday.  CPS says a reunion of Miguel and his mother will not be possible until DNA confirmations are made to verify they are mother and son.

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