Texas woman arrested in alleged kidnapping of boy in 2004

Posted at 2:40 PM, Mar 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-14 14:40:25-04
By Carma Hassan and Tracy Sabo, CNN

(CNN) – A Texas woman has been arrested as a suspect in an alleged kidnapping of a boy eight years ago, the San Augustine County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The woman, Krystle Tanner of San Augustine, Texas, was the godmother of the boy, who was 8 months old at the time he and Tanner went missing, the boy’s mother, Auboni Champion-Morin, told CNN on Wednesday. Tanner had been babysitting him in his Houston home, she said.

San Augustine is about 165 miles northeast of Houston.

The boy, now 8, was in good physical condition Monday and was in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services, Cunningham said.

The mother filed a police report in 2004, but Houston police closed the case two year later after prosecutors asked for clarification of the disappearance date and Houston police “was unable to clarify that information,” said sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham.

Tanner was arrested Monday in connection with the boy’s kidnapping after Child Protective Services began investigating her in August on allegations of negligently supervising her children and an unknown 8-year-old child who had been physically abused, Cunningham said.

CNN’s Michael Martinez contributed to this report.

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