Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Mother reunited with son kidnapped 31 years ago

Mother reunited with son kidnapped 31 years ago

We found him"-that is breathtaking", Lyneth Mann-Lewis said at a Monday press conference in Toronto, describing an emotional reunion with 33-year-old son Jermaine Mann, whom she last saw as a 21-month-old on June 24, 1987.

Jermaine, now 33, had grown up believing his mom was dead after his dad allegedly snatched him as a 2-year-old during a 1987 visitation in Canada and fled to the U.S., according to authorities.

According to the United States Attorney's Office, Allan Mann Jr. was living under the assumed name of Hailee Randolph DeSouza with a fake Texas birth certificate. Jermaine Mann was told the truth shortly before a court hearing for his father, and the Courant observed that Jermaine Mann was sobbing in the courtroom.

Lyneth Mann-Lewis, left, of Brampton, Ont., discusses what it was like reuniting with her son Jermaine Mann. He faces charges including making false statements in transactions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Canadian authorities say they intend to pursue extradition once the USA case is resolved, so that Mann Jr can be charged in connection with the 1987 abduction. The mother and son have decades of tales to catch up on and Lynneth hopes their story gives hopes to others.

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Asked if there was anything she would like to say to him, Mann-Lewis said she would keep most of her thoughts to herself.

"Be patient, be strong, and believe that all things are possible", she added.

Ms Mann-Lewis said she cooked for her son and recounted the details of her life during hours-long conversations at her hotel last week.

Probably Jermaine will live in U.S., because he - arranged life in CT, but according to Lynette, they will always visit each other.

"(After the abduction) Mann Jr. obtained false documents and lived a life of lies", said Det. So, what are we going to do with the chicken?' He said, 'You know what, Mommy?

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Ted Davis, a senior investigator with the Missing Children's Society of Canada who had previously worked for the Calgary Police Service, led the investigation into the abduction. "I wanted to feel if he was real", she said. And just a few days ago, authorities told her they'd found him.

When Mr. Mann was found and arrested last week, he and his son were living in CT under different names.

And in 2018, the forensic specialist has compared an old photo of Allan with a photo of the driver's license, issued to one Haile the DeSouza in CT, and suspected that one and the same person.

Ms. Mann-Lewis never gave up faith that her son would return.

Among them was the Missing Children Society of Canada.

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"We are at the end of a long struggle and now it is time to move forward and that will be a new struggle".

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