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Mom Charged with Kidnapping Sons

by Elizabeth Ruiz

Two local  boys kidnapped and taken to Costa Rica have been reunited with their father and were on their way home Monday night.

On May 28th, Brandy Romano was ordered by the 285th District court to relinquish full custody of her two sons to their biological father Thomas Walker.

Instead,  investigators say Romano and her husband abducted the boys and fled to the Republic of Costa Rica.   Days later, Brandy and Raymond Romano were apprehended by Costa Rican Immigration authorities  and Walker traveled to Costa Rica to obtain custody of the boys and bring them back home.

Friday, Brandy and Raymond Romano were formally arrested in Houston and transported to the Harris County Jail.  They're in the process of  being transferred to Bexar County to face two counts of child kidnapping. 

Meanwhile, Walker brought his boys back to the United States.

Robert Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, said, "I am thankful for the assistance provided by our Costa Rican counterparts and relieved that both young boys were found quickly and will be returned to their father."

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Locations : Bexar CountyHoustonTexas
People : Brandy RomanoRaymond RomanoRobert AlmonteThomas Walker
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