A mother who was robbed of witnessing her child grow into a man now may finally get to meet him -- as a 37-year-old. David Amaya was reportedly abducted by his father when he was a toddler and taken from the U.S. to Mexico. There, he was reportedly told that his mother had abandoned him, and fled from Mexico to the U.S. Imagine this man spending his entire life thinking his mother had abandoned him. In reality, his father had reportedly kidnapped him and taken him over the border. Though mom Kathy Amaya has been searching for David for decades, she never found him. Until now.
Kathy explains that it all started when her ex-husband picked up David from Kathy's sister's house -- and fled the country. Police said there was nothing they could do as David was in Mexico.
Thirty years later, she got a strange phone call. Border patrol in San Diego was telling her that someone named David Amaya had been caught trying to cross the border. The agent didn't believe he was a U.S. citizen -- but he was eventually let in when they were able to track down a birth certificate.
Horribly, David wasn't even kidnapped so his father could have him all to himself -- he reportedly promptly left him with his grandparents, who raised him, and rarely saw the boy. This is a man whose father apparently deprived him of both parents.
David, who only speaks Spanish, told NBC 7:
My father told me my mother had left me abandoned and orphaned. I don’t know my mother, and I find out she’s been looking for me for 30 years, and I have the longing to meet her for the first time.
He and his mom haven't been reunited yet, as he is trying to raise the funds to get to Wisconsin, where Kathy and her other children live.
Kathy says that she learned David "doesn't hold anything against me." Hopefully, these two can be reunited soon. It probably won't be all roses at first -- there's a lot of history here, and David may harbor a lot of pain. But hopefully they'll eventually feel like mother and son again.
Have you ever been separated from your child against your will?
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