HOUSTON - A Houston woman and her husband have been ordered to undergo DNA testing to prove they are the biological parents of a boy allegedly kidnapped eight years ago.
Auboni Champion-Morin and her husband appeared in a Harris County Family court Thursday to fight for custody of 8-year-old Miguel Morin, who disappeared in November 2004.
Champion-Morin said she left her son with a friend, Krystal Tanner, whom she considered the child's godmother. When she went to pick up Miguel the next day, both Tanner and the child were gone.
Also in court Thursday, the Morins heard painful details of the life their child has endured since he has been in Tanner's care.
According to CPS 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.
"It's hard to hear he has no education, can't read and doesn't know anything," Champion-Morin told reporters as she fought back tears. "I'm going to get a lawyer and fight. That's my child. He's not her child."
While Champion-Morin said she did everything she could to find her child during several long and painful years, questions about her actions were raised in court. Champion-Morin said she immediately contacted police and passed out flyers with her child's picture on it. She said she would never give her child away to another woman.
"I want him and I miss him," she said. "I will keep fighting (to be reunited.)"
Judge Michael Schneider set a March 28 court hearing for CPS and the parents to return to court.
After the results of the DNA test are returned, CPS will consider arranging visitation between the child and his long-lost parents.
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