2 Texas women guilty of taking baby, hiding him 8 years

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Krystle Tanner, seen here in a March 12, 2012, booking photo, and her mother were convicted Tuesday of kidnapping Miguel Morin in 2004 when he was 8 months old and hiding him for eight years.(Photo: San Augustine Sheriff's Office)
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By Michael Winter, USA TODAY

An East Texas woman and her mother have been convicted of kidnapping a Houston boy when he was an infant and hiding him for eight years before police found him.

In Tuesday's verdict, Krystle Tanner, 27, and her mother, Gloria Walker, 51, were found guilty of kidnapping Miguel Morin in 2004. Walker also was convicted of causing injury to a child, and Tanner was found guilty of reckless injury to a child.

Walker could be sentenced to life in prison, while Tanner faces a possible 20-year term. The same jury in San Augustine is deliberating their punishment.

Prosecutors said Tanner used to babysit the child and took him from his Houston apartment complex when he was 8 months old. She and Walker then renamed the boy Jaquan, moved around and kept him out of school to avoid being discovered.

Authorities began investigating Tanner in April 2010 after her newborn son tested positive for marijuana. She and her mother were arrested in March 2012.

Jurors rejected defense arguments that the boy's biological mother had actually sold him to Tanner or that it was a child-custody case, as a Houston police investigator testified.

Miguel has been placed with a Houston foster family that has taken care of his four siblings for nearly 10 years under an agreement with their parents.

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