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'It Felt Like I Was Dreaming': Boy Abducted in 2017 Found

Police say Joshua Graham's non-custodial father took him out of state
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2019 2:34 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A 9-year-old boy who went missing in 2017 was found safe Saturday morning, ABC News reports. Police say Joshua Graham's father took the boy from Texas without informing his mother; in February 2018, his mother was granted sole custody. The boy was eventually reported missing under the status of "abducted by non-custodial parent," and police believed his father may have taken him to Florida, where the father once lived. Indeed, that's where they found the pair Saturday; they were investigating a suspicious vehicle in Sanford when they found Joshua inside with his father Kenneth Graham, 52. Joshua is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services awaiting reunification with his mother, WESH reports.

"I felt like I would never see Joshua again and my daughters would never see their brother again," the boy's mother says. "When (the call) came (that they found him), it was like I was having a dream ... me and my family have waited so long and we've been through so much that it just felt like I was dreaming." Criminal charges may be filed in Texas at a later date, authorities say. (Boy who went missing for two days says he had company.)

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