Houston boy reunited with mom after Facebook posting

June 17, 2010 10:51:01 AM PDT
A Houston boy abducted nearly four years ago has been reunited with his mother following an investigation by the Harris County District Attorney's Office, DA Pat Lykos announced yesterday. Earlier this month, Lorena Perez was able to hug her son, Isaiah, now five years old, for the first time since 2006, when the DA's office alleges the boy's father, Joseph Vaquera, took the boy from Perez without permission. Since there were no custody orders in place at the time, no charges were filed.

Perez went to the DA, and investigators were able to find the boy through a Facebook posting. According to the DA, Albina Salazar, the new wife of Vaquera, recognized the boy and contacted authorities.

District Attorney's Family Criminal Law Division Chief Jane Waters credited investigators for their role in getting the child back.

"Children should not be used as pawns in domestic disputes," Waters said in a press release. "We need to protect children, and sometimes to do that, a criminal charge needs to be filed."

Isabel Vaquera, 54, the child's grandmother, has been charged with kidnapping and tampering with governmental records. Investigators say she was unwilling to return the child when ordered to do and falsifying his birth certificate to enroll him in school. Each felony charge could carry up to ten years in prison if she's convicted.


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