September 24th, 2013
12:59 PM ET

Abducted Son Sees Father After 13 years

A child, kidnapped in Florida in 2000, reunites with the father who never gave up searching for his son, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

According to authorities, the kidnapper is the child's grandmother, Sandy Hatte, 60, who allegedly took the toddler when her own son asked her to babysit while he went to work.

Detective Eric Menconi of the Livingston County Sherriff's Office said, "Dad was working, came home from work and she was gone with the baby and he hasn't been able to find them since."

The boy's father spent years searching and earlier this year, hired private investigator Larry Jones, who helped track Hatte and his son from Florida to Putnam County, Missouri, then to Iowa in July.

Jones, owner of Blackhawk Investigations, says: "When I located her in Putnam County...the deputy police chief informed me that the grandmother and the boy had moved a month and a half earlier."

Hatte and her grandson were homeless, recently living in Chillicothe, Missouri, with a man who offered them a place to stay.

The break came when the grandmother tried to enroll the teen in a local school. Administrators grew suspicious and called police.

CNN is not identifying the child or the father, as per CNN policy and the wishes of the police, in order to spare the child from any unwanted attention.

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