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Teen discovers he's been a missing person for 13 years

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An 18-year-old in Ohio finds out he was classified as a missing person from Alabama 13 years ago after he tried to apply for college. CNN's Jean Casarez reports.
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Portia Watson (1 day ago)
Not saying kidnapping is wrong but theres obviously two sides to this one the boy was raised very well
aliciabrillante (2 days ago)
So many emotions.
linda ziu (2 days ago)
Now I get it he was abducted from his own father. That means he was living with his father. The mother most been stupid for not telling the police from time to time I want to check on him maybe he got our son. I don’t think the father should go to jail for raising his son. The mother should pay 13 years child support. 🤣
Fay Del Rosario (2 days ago)
The father did change his son’s name though
lc11214 (3 days ago)
I having the dad isn’t going to serve a long sentence. It’s a custody’s issue. The father is charged for falsifying legal documents.
Agent (3 days ago)
I don’t know if what I did to my son was kidnapping though.. He was born from a surrogate mother. I was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and I had to be in a long term, possibly lifetime treatment & one of the possible side effects of the medication was a low sperm count. My doctor asked me if I wanted to preserve my sperm in a sperm bank, but since I was very much single without a gf at the time of my diagnosis, I don’t know how long I can preserve & it may cost me thousands of $$$. My treatment has to start immediately. So I had a crazy idea and decided to just hire a babymaker. Paid her to be pregnant but our agreement was no strings attached and when she gives birth I will get the child. So that’s what I did. I paid her, got the child, and parted ways. We have no communication until now. My son is now 6 y/o. The only request I had from the surrogate was to have her photo so my son knows he has a mother. I know that someday, he will ask questions about this.. what I only told him was her mother and I were ex-lovers and have parted ways.. 😢
vin cent (4 days ago)
that's love of a father
Karen smith (4 days ago)
if the mother kidnapped and raised the son up well the same way, people would be applauding and praising her motherly love. sexist community
Karen smith (4 days ago)
at least the father raised him with love
I am Jungshook (7 days ago)
*searching up to see if I’m a missing child*
Callie Chudy (8 days ago)
This is set up just like repunzle
Brittany Chezem (8 days ago)
Rupunziel
ANTHONY LE (13 days ago)
He is 21 now
Mary Chela (16 days ago)
So sad for the mother whatever this is weird when the father did a good parenting job 🤔🤔🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ maybe the mother wasn’t that good ..yes investigation should be made
joyce bruhn (17 days ago)
Kids. Eed. Both. Parents.
Ratanang Mafatshe (18 days ago)
At least he had a Father who Loved him that much that he risked it all.
frzi (26 days ago)
well guys apparently we’ve been doing this all wrong 13 + 5 = 16..... That IS CNN Math No wonder our society is fkd.....
blairbushproject (27 days ago)
Kidnapped means when a parent refuses to work with the corrupt custody courts now. Never go to court! They prey upon children and destroy lives.
dickbutt b (1 month ago)
A 16 year old going to college. Wait he was 5 when he was kidnapped and 13 years later he found out he’s a missing guy. But 5+13=18 Not 16 It’s like 9+10=21 xD
The Weebin Otaku (1 month ago)
Damn this is like a real life finding carter
“This all started by a cute little 16 year old trying to get into a college.” Um..I’m pretty sure he’s 18..
Cynister Wrath (1 month ago)
Sooo the SIN never got filed ANYWHERE before that? Damn lie
Nitin Sharma (1 month ago)
He was 5 yr old and he didn't know he is missing.... That's awful....
Th3WizOz (1 month ago)
Lol 😂 he snitched on his dad cuz he didn’t let him go to comic con
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Leonardo Farias (1 month ago)
Wow 13 years apart
Leen PlayZz (1 month ago)
*HE'S CUTE*..... LOL😂
Just ME (1 month ago)
They omitted the fake name Mangina he was hiding under. Brennan has a mangina
Caßey Chu (1 month ago)
Wowie
C Jennings (1 month ago)
To all the people saying the father broke the LAW and KIDNAPPED his child, have you considered, that in many cases, the LAW might be wrong and should be adjusted. It is a fact that mothers get more rights regarding custody, often even when the father is equally or even more caring and responsible parent. If the law would stop to discriminate and take away fathers' custodial rights so easily, maybe men like this father would not have the need to "break the law", just to be able to raise their kids. The laws should be adjusted, and both parents should have equal custodial rights, unless one of them is not fit to have their parental rights.
Sali Rouse (1 month ago)
Another strange crime in Cleveland. Sad
ViktorDenGode (1 month ago)
how the fuck did that happen?
Stephanie Ig (1 month ago)
Yo wtf he's cute
Khadijah Medeiros (1 month ago)
I get this is serious, but he’s hella cute😍🤤😂
boneless books (1 month ago)
*_oops_*
THE KILLER (1 month ago)
shit lmao is that matt shea
Miss Apple🍎 (1 month ago)
i don't understand, someone explain please
Fruitisha (2 months ago)
Wow there are a lot of incentive people on this thread. Has no one ever heard of shared custody smh. In some situations there is a reason, but you people have no idea what the real story is.
public Pill (2 months ago)
for all we know the mother could have been doing so horrible things to the boy and the dad took him away
human being (2 months ago)
Only a nutjob would do this. He should've sought custody LEGALLY through the courts. He chose to commit a felony instead. He did it to be HATEFUL towards the mother. He wanted to hurt her in the worst way. Otherwise, he would've approached it the RIGHT way. How do I know? Because the shit happened to me. Why would someone CHOOSE to commit felony child abduction instead of simply filing for custody? Now his dumb ass will serve up to five years in prison & his son has lost valuable time with his mother. #SOCIOPATH
Symon Burchill (2 months ago)
how do we know this is real. i mean its cnn.
Top 10 Awesome (2 months ago)
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hipretty (2 months ago)
All the years his mother was cheated out of her child.
SaveUSA (2 months ago)
I'd say release the father, screw the mother. I find it frustrating that women should think they should be entitled to custody when statistically speaking children are better off with their fathers anyways. If the shoe were on the other foot, she would have been forgiven and it would have all been over with, with nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders. Overlook him, get the poor kid's father out. There are some things not worth prosecuting.
pallas (2 months ago)
i know this is really off topic but he fine
Marleigh (2 months ago)
Bruh I live in Vestavia hills
Mario (2 months ago)
.. where’s the interviews
amelia (2 months ago)
theres something real sketchy about this story... dad kidnaps his own son from his mother, hides his identity, for 13 years? why did it happen in the first place? weird.
Ts s (2 months ago)
The after wasn't aressted for kidnapping, he was aressted for identity theft or fraud.
Victor Ruiz (2 months ago)
Imagine trying to fill an application for college and you find out you've been kidnapped 😂 that would trip me tf out
LarryIsRealILikeHPBtw (2 months ago)
Top 10 most surprising anime plot twists.
marco abreo (2 months ago)
How can this dumbass not know he was kidnapped. How stupid can he be.
Corn (2 months ago)
he cute tho
Addam Robin (2 months ago)
5 + 13 = 16 years old going to college? Something does not compute
Dan B (2 months ago)
16 and going to college his father must have done something right. I’ve seen way to many teenagers not taking advantage of there life’s.
Gigi Rodriguez (2 months ago)
13 years and they never knew the BIOLOGICAL father had him? Wtf, how did that go unnoticed for so long?
Relle M. (2 months ago)
Makes you wonder if you're one of those Julian Hernandezes. 😐😐😐
vleesevlons (2 months ago)
Hol' up 16 - 5 = 11 years Damn that's sad, like this if you like anal
wowalinbie (2 months ago)
You can’t kidnap your own kid
Jeremy Barnes (2 months ago)
That’s CRAZY!!!
Taylor Made2 (2 months ago)
They're saying you can't abduct your own child unless the courts had already established custody. The man just took his son from the mother without her knowledge and raised him. That's cruel what he did to her but do we know the whole story? Maybe he wanted to see his son and she refused so he took him.
Noah Stolee (2 months ago)
I always knew the teenage years were when people found themselves
poopylittleslut (2 months ago)
very ABC network
Bruno Zaldívar (2 months ago)
But did she ever find out who 4Chan was?
nGon- (2 months ago)
Hidden in plain sight, eh? *SNEAK: 100, Level Up*
God satan (2 months ago)
I blame the mother .
Lucifer Jay (2 months ago)
Missing for 13 years and the fbi couldnt even find him with all that time and with not actually being missing wow how useless are most americans
The Meek (2 months ago)
How can it be called kidnapped when you're the parent? What a stupid law!
Rafael Leon (2 months ago)
Lt. Johnny Evans sounds like he's from Alabama 😂
*WHEEEZE* HE LOOKS LIKE AN EGG OMG HE LOOKS LIKE AN EGGGGGGGGGG 0:30 I CAN'T BREATHE I'M ACTUALLY WHEEZING
Nova-Astro 19 (2 months ago)
Matt Shea!
Vincent Cuttolo (2 months ago)
Something is _really_ missing from this story. Dad raised the kid well. Clearly mom was a lousy mother, because she apparently made no real attempt to find him. They were using their real names! And the local police were unaware of the situation! Meaning, she pbly kept right on smoking meth, and never cared about the boy's "disappreance". Sounds like the kid was better off not finding out...
Vincent Cuttolo (2 months ago)
The reporter looks like a skeleton dug up from the grave, and she can't add, either.
Vincent Cuttolo (2 months ago)
Tales From the Crypt starring Julia Casares
Tyneil Gilkey (2 months ago)
he is beautiful
New-Warleans_shotta (2 months ago)
wait im confused .. so was he kidnapped?
Anderson Nguyen (2 months ago)
Why is this popping up in my recommended 3 years after this happened?
ZionYGO (2 months ago)
"Goes back to his mom, life turns to shit and college is not an option anymore." Sometimes, things happen for a reason...be it good or bad. But being "abducted" by his father got him to attempting to enroll in collge at 16 years old. Pretty nice feat.
Charlotte D. Katakuri (2 months ago)
Rednecks are dumb asf and forgot to take him out the database.
Kaden Lacey (2 months ago)
I see his haircut still hasn’t gotten any better 13 years later
jenzie (2 months ago)
How tf is the dad not the first suspect ? Another case that could e been solved or prevented
Tucker Cooper (2 months ago)
So the guy gets out in 2020 maybe the boy can actually live a life talking to both parents.
Ethan Fransen (2 months ago)
Hold up a sixteen year old tryna go to collage..what’s going on here
Mercedes Pineda (3 months ago)
Why the father look like that actor who played the scientist from the 2004 movie Incredible Hulk ??? Haha
Hank Curtis (3 months ago)
You are a failing company
ROBODUDE (3 months ago)
Bro this the plot of tangles
Larissa Fong (3 months ago)
Now I believe in miracles
L0stRunaway1 (3 months ago)
... he was kidnapped if he was with his dad the whole time 🤦🏾‍♂️
Joseph Neiconi (3 months ago)
Finally something from CNN that doesn’t bash Trump...
Spiraling Universe (3 months ago)
Sometimes if the mother is crazy bi5(h and says they will seperate. Automatically the mother thinks knows she could just keep kid thats our reality. If i ever I MEAN EVER have a kid. Im getting a contract signed. Fathers get the screwy side of deal they have less rights to parenting thats our realities truth and fact. #equality
Spoonfed Truth (3 months ago)
Why would this make you wonder how many Julian hernandez there are in the database? Racist liberals
Anon ymous (3 months ago)
If he was five when he was abducted shouldn’t he remember
Kareim Hanna (3 months ago)
Wait so that’s not his father and mother?
domonchief (3 months ago)
Yeah yeah, glad the kid is safe and all but...Jean Casarez lookin like a fox though 😏😍
Marnungsang Imsong (3 months ago)
It's"CNN" so.................
Eclipse _26 (3 months ago)
16 year old... GOING TO COLLEGE... Boi, some kids don't even get their drivers license at dat age.
Adriana Oliveira (3 months ago)
Não entendi bulhufas
Nes Vquez (3 months ago)
So the whole time he was with his biological father, was well raised and applying for college... Sounds like his dad wanted to get his son away from his mother to have a good life. My question is...... why did this man wanted his son away from his mother? Something is probably not right with the mother or the dad was simply being a selfish parent.
Spiraling Universe (3 months ago)
Nes Vquez it is much harder for father to have rights to parenting then the kids mother. A mother can just up and leave and she would not get in trouble. She as the mother knows that, sad truth for fathers.
Karla Cohen (3 months ago)
I've seen his picture on missing persons ads.
SaVag3 _Mattforthe Win (3 months ago)
I seen a kidnapping before it was terrible HE WAS NAPPING WHILE IN SCHOOL
Spiraling Universe (3 months ago)
SaVag3 _Mattforthe Win lol

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