Mother, Long-Lost Son Finally Meet More Than 30 Years Later

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — At last, a Wisconsin mother and her long-lost son met Saturday for the first time since her estranged husband spirited him away to Mexico more than 30 years ago.


Kathy Amaya’s husband took their son David to Mexico when he was 2. (Credit: Family photo)

It was an emotional reunion in the San Diego airport, heightened by the fact that the mother speaks only English and her 37-year-old son only Spanish.

David Amaya Barrick, whose father took him across the border at about age 2 from Chicago, was biting his nails just before his mother, Kathy Amaya, now 60, appeared before him in the airport.

They embraced, hugged and kissed — the first time they’ve laid eyes on each other in about 35 years.

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