Thanks to a photo posted on Facebook, mother is reunited with son who was kidnapped 15 years ago [VIDEO]

Thanks to a photo posted on Facebook, mother is reunited with son who was kidnapped 15 years ago [VIDEO]

abductionJonathan Holland was kidnapped by his father when he was three years old and taken to Mexico, where his mother Hope was unable to find him for 15 years. His younger brother Jacob was left behind in California with her. She spent years trying to track him down, but got nowhere until Jonathan posted a young photo of himself with Jacob on Facebook, hoping she or Jacob would find it.

The Daily Mail reports,

After a tearful reunion, and several hours speaking with border officials in Tijuana, the American-born teen and his mom flew back to Campbell, California to spend some much needed quality time together.

But things weren’t always so joyful for Hope, who says she became suicidal after years of fruitless searching for Jonathan.

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‘I had no reason to believe I was finding my son. Ever since I found him, my whole world, my whole outlook and direction changed,’ said Holland.

Jonathan was taken by his father, with whom Hope shared custody, in 2000.

‘His dad was going on vacation and had permission to take him. It was a normal day. I didn’t think he was not coming back,’ Hope told ABC 7.

Now a rising high school senior, Jonathan plans to return to Mexico to complete school

He doesn’t remember anything about the abduction, but says he’ll return to California after he graduates and hopes being back with his mom and brother Jacob will help jog his memory.

It is horrible that a parent could abduct their own child, depriving them of the other parent. Thank goodness for the advent of social media, which pervades every corner of the world now and cruel parents like Jonathan’s father cannot hide so easy. Watch their touching story below.


Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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