Family celebrates boy's return home

More than a month after the start of the search that led authorities to Mexico City, a happy Lois Brown returned to her Evans home Sunday with her 14-month-old son.

 

"Our family is complete again," she said.

It was Jan. 31 when authorities say her son Ezekiel "Zeke" Brown was picked up by his father, William Brown, at an Evans day care. Authorities say Mr. Brown took his son to Mexico City, where he was arrested Thursday night. Mr. Brown was transported to Columbia County on Friday on a felony custody interference charge.

Mrs. Brown was reunited with her son in Mexico City hours after Thursday's arrest, and on Sunday she drove back home with her son and her mother. They arrived home in the car that officials say her estranged husband abandoned weeks ago near San Antonio.

Mrs. Brown went to Mexico on Feb. 26 after officials with the U.S. marshals told her they were close to making an arrest. On Thursday, officials say, they spotted Mr. Brown at a home owned by relatives of an acquaintance.

Mrs. Brown said she got a call telling her that an arrest had been made and her son had been found.

After filling out a long list of paperwork, she was reunited with Zeke at an immigration center, she said.

"I just ran up to him and grabbed him and starting kissing him,'' she said. "He was so happy to see me."

Mrs. Brown said she was told that a 21-year-old Mexican woman had been caring for Zeke while Mr. Brown, a former golf pro, was looking for a job at a golf course in the Mexico City area.

On Sunday, Mrs. Brown said she was excited to reunite Zeke with his 6-year-old brother, Harper.

"I can't wait to see the two of them together," she said. "He misses his brother."

Mrs. Brown said Zeke had a bad diaper rash when he was found and that he seemed a little skinnier. She said she would be taking him for a doctor's checkup today.

She also said she would seek a restraining order against her husband.

Mrs. Brown said she wanted to thank all the authorities who helped return Zeke to her, including Tom Smith of the U.S. Marshals Office in San Antonio.

"He's my angel," she said of Mr. Smith.