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Abducted Chatham boy located after six years

Posted November 9, 2012

— A boy who was abducted from his Siler City home more than six years ago has been located in Texas, authorities said Friday.

Edwin Sanchez Gonzalez was 2 when his father, Jorge Sanchez Aguilera, kidnapped him on Oct. 1, 2006, and fled to Mexico. Aguilera was convicted last month on three counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping in the case.

Authorities say Aguilera and several masked men broke into the home of Edwin's mother, Florentina Coria, tied her up with duct-tape, took the boy and threatened to kill him if she called police.

Aguilera was arrested in Mexico in 2010 and later extradited to Chatham County in November, but authorities had never been able to find Edwin.

Chatham County Assistant District Attorney Kayley Taber said the boy was in U.S. custody in Brownsville, Texas, and that Coria was flying to Texas Friday afternoon to be reunited with him.

Authorities had expressed hope that Aguilera's conviction would lead to Edwin's return in return for leniency in sentencing. They said they believed the boy was being held in Mexico by Aguilera's relatives.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10.

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  • Sunne Nov 12, 10:22 a.m.

    Do you have no compassion for anyone? Where in this story does it say the mother is dependent on the government? How do you know she doesn't have a job? Some people just see the negative in any situation. “A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”
    ― George Bernard Shaw

  • hawkbruc Nov 12, 10:04 a.m.

    That's all well and good but get your checkbooks out because we'll have to pay for his needs now .

  • gnewsome1 Nov 9, 7:27 p.m.

    Aguilera was convicted last month on three counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping in the case

  • sthiggs Nov 9, 7:15 p.m.

    This will be a very hard transition for this little boy. He will probably have no memory of his mother and may feel like he is being kidnapped again. The mother deserves her son back and they will both need help with this transition.

  • paultaylorsr100 Nov 9, 6:18 p.m.

    "The child is better off now with his mother. His father is a criminal and his mother is not."

    How do you know this? I didn't see that in the story.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 9, 4:30 p.m.

    The child is better off now with his mother. His father is a criminal and his mother is not.

  • irishgirlsarepretty Nov 9, 4:29 p.m.

    What a beautiful little boy. Good to see a happy story for a change :)

  • sjb2k1 Nov 9, 4:28 p.m.

    would you look at that, TWO good news stories today to break up all the bad!

  • autismawareness Nov 9, 4:26 p.m.

    no leniency; max out this dirt.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 9, 4:18 p.m.

    was the boys father and he might have been better off with his father than his mother.

    The father was dead wrong in kidnapping the child from the mother. It got him into a hold lot of trouble. He should go to prison for that. Now he will have a hard time seeing his own. Its his own fault. Don't blame the mother, she did not do a crime.

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