‘Mom, you have my eyes’

A father kidnapped his toddler son during a scheduled visit, taking the boy away from his mother. He brought the boy to America from Canada, where he took an alias and bought fake identities for the two of them.

Not all stories have happy endings. Some begin with a sad note, presenting their characters with endless trials and tribulations. But in the end, things get better in the end.

A woman from Toronto, Canada, found her storybook happy ending after three decades of trauma, heartbreak and loss. Despite going through a difficult life, her message to the world is to never lose hope.

[Left] Lyneth Mann-Lewis. [Right] Childhood photos of Jermaine. | Photo: twitter.com/breakfasttv

Lyneth Mann-Lewis is the mother of an adorable boy, Jermaine Mann, the center of her universe. But she didn’t know that one day her son would be taken from her, and she would long to see his face again.

On June 24, 1987, Jermaine’s father, Allan Mann, came to see him as scheduled. But instead of taking the two-year-old boy back to his mother’s house later, he kidnapped the boy from his home in Toronto and brought him to America.

When he arrived in America, Allan started buying false identities for him and his son, including fake social security numbers and other documents needed to avail the same benefits as any other US citizen.

Jermaine’s mother, Lyneth Mann-Lewis. | Photo: YouTube.com/City News

U.S. authorities and Toronto officials have been working on the case together for years, looking for Allan and Jermaine. In 2016, they launched a new effort during their meeting at a law enforcement conference.

Lyneth, who has been holding her son for 31 years, shared a powerful message for those looking for their loved ones.

US sheriffs tracked down Mann’s friends and family members, including a relative told them that Allan had taken the alias “Hailee DeSouza” and is likely to be found in Connecticut.

Jermaine’s mother, Lyneth Mann-Lewis. | Photo: YouTube.com/City News

Soon after, Allan was arrested in Vernon, Connecticut, in 2018. Authorities quickly informed Lyneth that her long-lost son had finally been found. Lyneth expressed her sentiments in these words:

“He said, ‘Mom, you have my eyes.” He hugged me and he kissed me and we held on for a long time. “

Lyneth becomes emotional after hearing that her son is alive and well. She said she couldn’t stop touching Jermaine’s hair and make him swoon with hugs and kisses because it was truly a breathtaking moment for her.

Detective Sergeant Wayne Banks from the Toronto Police Department said Allan told Jermaine his mother had passed away. | Photo: YouTube.com/City News

According to US authorities, Allan was have been fake birth certificates for him and his son. He has also collected more than $125,000 in housing and more than $55,000 in Medicaid benefits under his alias.

A forensic expert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children analyzed one old photo of Allan and matched his DeSouza’s Connecticut driver’s license. The two turned out to be the same person.

Detective Sergeant Wayne Banks from the Toronto Police Department confirmed Allan told Jermaine his mother passed away shortly after he was born. Allan is charged with kidnapping his son and illegally receiving US housing and medical benefits.

Allan’s attorney in the US confirms that he reported kidnapped his son 31 years ago out of concern for his safety in a custody dispute with Lyneth.

The CBC reports that Jermaine’s mother plans to bring her son to Jamaica. Almost a year after his arrest, Allan was extradition came to Toronto from New York after serving an 18-month sentence.

Lyneth, who has been holding her son for 31 years, shared a powerful message for those looking for their loved ones. The Toronto mom shares that never lose hope and believe in the possibility that everything will turn out for the best.

https://news.amomama.com/283926-mom-reunites-son-31-years-he-was-kidnapp.html ‘Mom, you have my eyes’

Dais Johnston

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