A mother in Canada has finally been reunited with her son after he was abducted as a toddler 31 years ago, according to the BBC.
Jermaine Allan Mann was 21 months old when his father allegedly kidnapped him during a scheduled visit in Toronto in 1987.
Mann’s father was arrested last week after using fake documents. They were both living under aliases in the U.S.
Mann believed that his mother, Lyneth Mann-Lewis, died when he was a baby.
“Words couldn’t express what I felt,” Mann-Lewis said about reuniting with her son. “The words ‘Your son is alive, we found him’—that is breathtaking.”
She said that she immediately embraced her son upon seeing him for the first time in three decades.
“I wanted to see if he was real. I said ‘Oh my God, my baby,'” said Mann-Lewis.
Mann-Lewis and Allan Mann separated a year before the abduction, according to BBC.
Photos of Jermaine were circulated across missing children databases and Toronto police were unsuccessful in its investigation following the kidnapping.
“I am the proof that after 31 long years of suffering one should never give up but be patient, be strong and believe that all things are possible and that anything can transpire,” Mann-Lewis said.
Allan Mann is facing extradition to Canada on abduction charges and may be charged for making false statements in the U.S., according to the BBC.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.