Baby-Snatching Grandma, Boy Found After 13 Years

Woman faces felony in grandson's abduction
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2013 2:13 AM CDT
Baby-Snatching Grandma Found 13 Years Later
Sandy Hatte is seen in this booking photo.   (Livingston County Sheriff's Office)

A teenage boy who was kidnapped as an infant has been reunited with his father thanks to a school official's suspicion. When Sandy Hatte, 60, tried to enroll the boy at a school in northern Missouri, the official contacted police and discovered the boy had been abducted 13 years ago. Hatte—the boy's paternal grandmother, according to WDAF—has been charged with felony child abduction. Investigators say she had no legal rights to the child but had attempted to portray herself as his mother, the St. Joseph Post reports.

One day in 2000, the boy's father "was working, came home from work, and [Hatte] was gone with the baby," a police spokesman tells ABC. "He hasn't been able to find them since." Investigators believe that Hatte and the boy spent the last 13 years moving around different cities, counties, and states, and were homeless at least once over the period. When the boy met his father again, it "was a good reunion," the police spokesman says. "You could tell within the first three minutes they hit it off pretty well. Since then, I've been on the phone with the dad and from what I'm understanding, it's going pretty well." (Click for the story of a 1964 kidnapping that made headlines ... this summer.)

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