Jamaican-Canadian Woman Reunited With Son Abducted 3 Decades Ago

Mother, son reunited after 31 years to speak at Toronto police headquarters

A Canadian mom was reunited with her long-lost son over the weekend - 31 years after he was allegedly kidnapped by her ex husband.

Allan Mann has filed several lawsuits over the years that allege discrimination by his employers and the apartment complex where he has lived with his son since 2004, according to the Courant.

She said she had endured many hard days over the 31 years and boarded a flight to reunite with her son shortly after hearing Thursday that he'd been found.

Jermaine Allan Mann, now 33, had been told that his mother had died when he was a baby. Authorities say Mann's father, a dual citizen of Ghana and Canada, was living in Toronto when he fled to the United States with his son during a court-ordered weekend visit, per the CBC and Canadian Press.

He appeared in a federal court in CT on Monday, charged with making false statements to the US Department of Housing by submitting false identification documents in his application for subsidised housing.

Canadian officials on Monday said they want to extradite Allan back to Canada to face kidnapping charges.

"Hailee was very close to his son", said the neighbor.

Asked if there was anything she would like to say to him, Mann-Lewis said she would keep most of her thoughts to herself.

'But be patient. Be strong and believe that all things are possible and that anything can transpire'.

Ms Mann-Lewis said she cooked for her son and recounted the details of her life during hours-long conversations at her hotel last week. He is said to have used a fake birth certificates to help create new identities for the two.

"(After the abduction) Mann Jr. obtained false documents and lived a life of lies", said Det.




Mann-Lewis thanked the Missing Children Society of Canada for helping keep the investigation into her son's disappearance alive for more than three decades.

She said her son's first words to her were "Mommy, you have my eyes, you have my eyes".

A cross-border investigation was finally able to solve the 30-year mystery when detectives made contact with relatives of Mann Jr, who tipped them off that he had moved to CT and adopted the name DeSouza.

Later that month, a forensic specialist from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children analysed an old photo of Allan Mann and the 2015 photo on DeSouza's CT driver's license and determined they were likely the same person, the warrant said.

The investigation has involved multiple USA agencies as well as Toronto police and the RCMP.

She said her son has had a chance to speak by phone to his half-brother, Mann-Lewis' child by another marriage. "You never take a child from his mother without giving them a chance to make their own decisions".

"I am the proof that after 31 long years of suffering - 31 long years - one should never give up".

Pick added: "I think we all need to be aware that it takes time to heal, and in order to do that, this family needs the privacy and support".

The Courant reported that Jermaine sobbed quietly in the front row as his father appeared in court on Friday, and left the courthouse without commenting.

They will be joined by Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders and a representative from the Missing Children Society of Canada.

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