The two women who hid a boy for eight years were sentenced Tuesday. Gloria Walker, the 51-year-old mother involved in the hiding of the boy was sentenced to 30 years prison time for injury and kidnapping. Her daughter, 27-year-old Krystle Tanner, was sentenced to eight years for kidnapping and eight years for “the lesser charge of reckless injury to a child, also to be served concurrently.” Gloria Walker could have faced life in prison and her daughter 20 years.
According to a Feb. 19, 2013, ABC News report, “An East Texas jury sentenced two women to prison Tuesday after convicting them of kidnapping a Houston boy when he was 8 months old and hiding him for eight years before he was found.”
The sentencing of the two women who hid a boy for eight years came on the same day that the jury had found them guilty.
When Miguel Morin was a baby, daughter Krystle Tanner used to babysit him. In 2004, when Miguel Morin was eight months old, he disappeared.
According to authorities, Krystle Tanner kidnapped the boy from his room in his Houston apartment complex and hid the baby with her mother. Both women kept Miguel in homes in Central and East Texas and renamed him Jaquan.
The two women hid the boy for the next eight years, never enrolled him in a school, failed to take him to the doctor, provide him with necessary immunizations, nor took him to any dentist.
In 2010, Krystle Tanner caught the attention of authorities when her own newborn son tested positive for marijuana. By March 2012, investigations led to discovering the boy that she and her mother kept hidden from the public eye.
After Tuesday’s sentencing, both women insisted that Miguel’s mother had given the baby to them and told state District Judge Charles Mitchell that “they had done nothing wrong.”
However, the jury as well as the judge found that the two women's actions spoke louder than their words and that their actions indicated that the two women did not take care of the boy but rather hid the boy for eight years.