HOUSTON — A Texas boy who was found in March after having been kidnapped eight years ago as an infant has begun getting to know his parents through weekly joint therapy sessions with them, attorneys and child welfare officials said Wednesday.
The attorneys said they hope this is another step that will eventually lead the boy to be permanently reunited with his parents. Authorities allege Miguel was taken as an infant, and his baby sitter and her mother remain jailed on kidnapping charges.
State District Judge Mike Schneider ordered after a court hearing Wednesday that 8-year-old Miguel Morin remain in foster care until the next court hearing on Jan. 9.
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William Thursland, a court appointed attorney for Miguel, said the boy has been told who his biological parents are and the joint therapy sessions that began about a month ago are being used as a way for the boy and his parents to get to know each other.
“It’s just barely begun so he’s cautious,” Thursland said. “It’s going well but it’s just going to take time.”
Auboni Champion-Morin and Fernando Morin, Miguel’s parents (pictured above), who live in Houston and are both 29, declined to comment after Wednesday’s hearing.
Mark Cooper, Fernando Morin’s attorney, said Miguel is being carefully reintroduced to the “real people in his life.”
“It’s going gently and slowly and appropriately and progress is being made and it looks good,” he said.
Champion-Morin’s attorney, Itze Soliz-Matthews, said the joint therapy sessions were going “very well.”