DNA test determines kidnapped baby's father
Krystal Tanner accused of kidnapping Miguel Morin in 2004
A DNA test has proved with 99 percent certainty that the man claiming to be the father of a child kidnapped eight years ago is the biological father.
The test results were revealed in court on Wednesday.
Miguel Morin, 8, was kidnapped in November 2004. He was 8 months old when he disappeared.
Miguel was found earlier this month after a woman turned in her sister, Krystle Rochelle Tanner. Tanner has been charged with felony kidnapping.
Fernando Morin has been proven to be Miguel's father, it has not been determined who Miguel's mother is. Auboni Champion-Morin has submitted her DNA for testing and results were expected to be returned on Thursday.
Champion-Morin said she left her son with Tanner, a friend whom she considered the child's godmother. When she went to pick up Miguel the next day, both Tanner and the child were gone.
According to Children's Protective Services workers, Miguel was given a new name and a new birth date and, when shown a picture of Tanner, he identified her as his mother. Officials said he thinks he is 6 years old.
A psychologist said Miguel is frightened, shy and behind emotionally and psychologically. He does not attend school, officials said.
"The child doesn't really know what's going on," Morin said. "He's been lied to his whole life."
Miguel is staying with a foster family.
A hearing will be held on March 28 to determine who will have custody of Miguel.
Champion-Morin said she would be willing to not tell Miguel that she is his mother in order to have the chance to see him.
"As long as it's making him happy, then I'm OK with anything as long as I see my son," she said.