'Never give up': Mother reunited with son allegedly abducted in 1987

Mother, son reunited after 31 years to speak at Toronto police headquarters

"I grabbed him and squeezed his head to see that he was real". "I feel so bad for [the son]".

At a Toronto press conference, Ms Mann-Lewis broke down in tears as she described the ordeal. "As you can imagine, this is a hard time for all of us", she said.

Jermaine Mann had been told by his father that his mother died shortly after his birth, Toronto police said.

Allan, a dual Canadian and Ghanaian citizen, obtained bogus American birth certificates for himself and his son while Canadian cops searched in vain for the missing boy, authorities say.

Jermaine Mann, now 33, had been living with his father in the Vernon, Connecticut, under a false name.

However, authorities say he was actually abducted on June 24, 1987, during a scheduled visit with his father in Toronto. Jermaine Mann was less than two years old at the time.

He also faces charges in the US for making false statements.

Ms Mann-Lewis said during the reunion with her son she recounted the details of her life in hour-long conversations in her hotel.

Officials say they notified Mann-Lewis that her son had been identified and located, and the two have since been reunited.

"The words 'your son is alive, we found him, ' that is breathtaking", she said, adding my "constant worry is finally over".

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"Words couldn't express what I felt", an emotional Lyneth Mann-Lewis told reporters in Toronto on Monday, just days after learning her ex, Allan Mann, and son, Jermaine, had been found in CT. Investigators said Jermaine, not even 2 years old, had been taken by his father after a court-ordered visit in Toronto. "He doesn't like to eat meat so I said I would cook chicken".

"I said 'Oh my God, my baby, '" she said.

"He ate every living piece off that plate".

Lyneth immediately flew to the United States to see her son for the first time since he was a toddler, and said Monday the first thing she did was squeeze him to make sure he was real.

In August, US marshals interviewed several of Mr Mann's relatives and friends, including a family member who led authorities to CT and his alleged alias, according to an arrest warrant affidavit prepared by a HUD special agent. He also faces extradition to Canada on an abduction charge on completion of his prosecution south of the border.

Mr. Mann appeared briefly in federal court in Hartford on Friday. At first she declined before saying "I thought it was so sad to do what he did".

Mann-Lewis contacted both Toronto police and the Missing Children Society of Canada in hopes of finding her son, launching multi-decade investigations in both agencies. The organization works to support families of missing children and employs former police officers to try and help solve cold cases.

"I am the proof that after 31 long years of suffering one should never give up but be patient, be strong and believe that all things are possible and that anything can transpire", Mann-Lewis said.

"We thank the many law enforcement agencies, in the USA and Canada, that have investigated this matter, worked hard to apprehend this fugitive and finally provided some answers to a mother who has suffered with her son's absence for far too long", said Durham.

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