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After six years, Siler City mom hopes to be reunited with kidnapped son

Posted October 23, 2012
Updated November 9, 2012

— Prosecutors say that a Siler City man convicted of kidnapping his 2-year-old son and fleeing to Mexico more than six years ago could face some leniency in his upcoming sentence if he returns the boy to his mother.

Jorge Aguilera was found guilty Monday of three counts of first-degree kidnapping and one count each of first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping in the Oct. 1, 2006, abduction of his son, Edwin Gonzales.

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

Aguilera was arrested in Mexico in the summer of 2010 and extradited to Chatham County in November, but authorities have never been able to find Edwin.

"I've been waiting for so long to hug him and to hold him," Coria said Tuesday.

Aguilera will be sentenced Nov. 1, and prosecutors are asking him to return the boy, who they believe is still with relatives in Mexico.

"It is our greatest hope, and Florentina's greatest hope, that she will see her son next Thursday," Chatham County Assistant District Attorney Kayley Taber said. "Will it happen? We all pray that it does happen."

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  • Tax Man Oct 24, 1:31 p.m.

    If he does not return the son to the mother he should get the maximum sentence allowed under the law.

  • Ms.Manda Oct 24, 1:05 p.m.

    I'm sorry but I'd be in Mexico kicking in every door until I found my son.

    (Sounds unrealistic I know, but you just don't mess with the momma bear.)

  • NiceNSmooth Oct 24, 12:42 p.m.

    Just a guess here, but I bet woman lived near the man while they were both in Mexico

    They both were in Mexico? I didnt see that in the story

  • JustAName Oct 24, 11:47 a.m.

    "prosecutors are asking him to return the boy, who they believe is still with relatives in Mexico."

    Just a guess here, but I bet woman lived near the man while they were both in Mexico, so why hasn't she asked her own relatives to get the child? Or, why hasn't she gone down to Mexico herself to get the child?

  • halfpint1552 Oct 24, 9:19 a.m.

    What's up with Siler City today?

  • mhdeland Oct 24, 9:05 a.m.

    wow, this is a mother's worst nightmare. I pray she gets her son back.

  • Gr8Fun Oct 24, 8:58 a.m.

    As a mother, I couldn't even imagine...

  • MonkeyFace Oct 24, 8:19 a.m.

    i hope that she does get her son back!