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Man who disappeared with son in 1992 surrenders

There are 2 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 22, 2008, titled Man who disappeared with son in 1992 surrenders. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A man who vanished with his son in 1992 after losing a custody battle surrendered to authorities, allowing the now 23-year-old son to reunite with his mother.

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Washington, DC

#1 Aug 22, 2008
Chalk one up for fathers everywhere. I bet the mom just wanted to kick the dad out of her son's life because she's a man-hater.

So, the dad fought back against an unfair system and apparently had a relatively healthy relationship with his son this whole time... WITHOUT the mom.

Karma will settle all of this without the need for government intrusion.

Since: Jan 07

Oxford, UK

#2 Aug 23, 2008
Truly, it makes no difference which parent kidnaps a child - mother or father - it is a despicable and cruel course of action either way. The child has no choice in the matter. He is cut off from one entire half of his family - sometimes from the abuctor's family as well, in order to avoid detection. A life on the run, often with no regular routine and with a complete change of identity, is no life for a child.

And yes - dads do too often get a raw deal from the courts - and this is an issue which must continue to be publicized. Campaigning for a change in the thought processes which seem to dominate the decision making in some courts remains essential. However, kidnapping a helpless child is not the way to bring about such changes.

I hope this young man and his mother are able to rebuild their relationship and that this can happen without bitterness for all the lost years. The son may have had a healthy relationship with his father the whole time - but he was surely entitled to have a similarly healthy relationship with his mother as well. That was taken from him.

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