A mother and her 7-year-old son have been reunited five years after the boy was kidnapped by his father and taken to Mexico, authorities said.
According to the San Diego District Attorney's office, the boy had been living with his grandparents near Mexico City after his father, 37-year-old Julio Rocha kidnapped him and left him there.
"I haven't really celebrated Christmas or his birthday or anything," the boy's mother, Leilani Masumoto, told NBC 7. "I was just waiting to get him back home. This will be our first Christmas together."
Masumoto said she had just been given full custody of her son, Keoni, when Rocha took the boy to Mexico. But last week her prayers were answered.
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