Texas boy missing since 2017 found in Florida


A missing Texas boy is in the custody of Child Protective Services after his father took him in 2017.

Sanford police located Joshua Graham, 9, at Fort Mellon Park Saturday morning with his noncustodial parent. while investigating a suspicious vehicle near Seminole Boulevard and San Juan Avenue.

It was a day that Joshua’s mother thought would never come.

I felt like I would never see Joshua again and my daughters would never see their brother again, said Joshua’s mother, Yolanda Graham Phoner

She said in September 2017, she came home to find a note from her ex-husband, Kenneth Graham and Joshua gone. 

He wrote in his own writing, Kenneth, ‘gone to visit grandparents in Florida,’ she said.

She assumed Kenneth and Joshua were in Tallahassee, where his parents live.

She has custody of the children and can choose where they live and go to school.

After months of asking police to find her son, Houston police filed Joshua as missing on Tuesday.

They gave us some information about a missing child. And apparently to be more specific that that child was in the city of Sanford, said Ronny Neal of the Sanford police.

Sandford officers found Joshua in a car with Kenneth and placed him Child Protective Services until his mom comes to pick him up.:

When (the call) came it was like I was having a dream because I just never thought that it would happen so quickly because my family and we’ve been through so much and we’ve waited so long for this day to happen like.. I was dreaming, Graham Phoner said.

The state of Texas will make a decision on whether to charge Kenneth Graham with a crime, police said.

The Orlando Sentinel reports criminal charges may be forthcoming by Texas officials.

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