Child abducted in Massachusetts two years ago found alive in Florida

Posted at 7:49 AM, Oct 18, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a child in Florida they say was abducted by his mother in Massachusetts two years ago.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 40-year-old Christina Hale was arrested Tuesday at an Orange County home.

Authorities say Hale fled Webster, Massachusetts, with her now-5-year-old son after a court in that state awarded full custody to the child's father in September 2016.

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently received a tip about Hale, and Webster police contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Florida deputies began watching a home and eventually spotted her.

The child was reunited with his father, who lives in Massachusets, and Hale was jailed as a fugitive for an out-of-state kidnapping charge.

Jail records didn't list a defense attorney.