Man kidnapped by babysitter 55 years ago is reunited with his mother

Man kidnapped by babysitter 55 years ago is reunited with his mother

RADCLIFF, Ky. — A mother in Kentucky was reunited with her son 55 years after a babysitter took him in 1965.

Anna-Mary Barnett told WLKY that she left her 5-year-old son, Jerry Barnett, with a babysitter she did not know well in 1965, and when she returned from work, the woman had taken him.

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The alleged kidnapper moved to Delaware and then abandoned Jerry. He would later end up in foster care, and was given a new last name with an estimated birth date.

Years later, Jerry’s son, Damon Parker, took a DNA test that linked him to a relative in Kentucky. The connection was his newfound cousin, Will Barnett, who was then able to connect Jerry to his birth mother.

Anna-Mary Barnett and Jerry were reunited Friday with tearful family members in attendance.

Read more about that reunion here.

The Anna-Mary Barnett and Jerry were reunited Friday with tearful family members in attendance.
The Anna-Mary Barnett and Jerry were reunited Friday with tearful family members in attendance. (File photo via Pixabay.com)