Miguel Morin was snatched from his parents’ home as an infant, but arrived at his new home in suburban Houston on Friday to four pizzas and siblings eager to accept him into their family.
Miguel, now eight years old, was allowed to take permanent residence in the home of Junita and Joseph Auguillard thanks to a judge’s ruling Wednesday. Miguel, in foster care since March, has spent weekends and holidays there since November. The Auguillards are the legal guardians of his two brothers and two sisters, says FOX News.
Soft-spoken Joseph Auguillard said he as waited for Texas Child and Protective Services to drop Miguel off for the last time:
“This is what we’ve been waiting for. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here.”
Junita Auguillard, who knew Miguel as a baby, said:
“He fit right in, like he was never supposed to be gone. He had an instant bond with the other siblings.”
Miguel was kidnapped by his former baby sitter, Krystle Tanner, and her mother, Gloria Walker. They have been charged with kidnapping and injury to a child for their crime nine years ago. They have pleaded not guilty and remain in jail, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Auguillard says it remains unclear why the siblings’ parents did not want to care for their children. They almost never visit or call. The judge had allowed for Miguel’s parents to visit him in the Auguillards’ home but they have not since his visits began in November.
The important thing is that he’s with his family and he’s happy.