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Age 6 Son Abducted by Father & 5 Others from Home, Mom Overcome with Emotion When He's Found

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It’s a terrible thing when a child gets taken away from a loving parent or guardian. Sadly, Amber Alerts are all too common.

Six-year-old Jayce Cosso was abducted from his home in Modesto, California, on Sept. 24. According to The Modesto Bee, the boy’s father, 41-year-old John Cosso, is responsible for the kidnapping.

Cosso was reportedly accompanied by 5 others — two men and three women — who aided in the violent abduction. “All three of them were banging on the windows while Jayce and me were screaming and then they got the doors open,” Kimberly Valente, the boy’s mother, told The Modesto Bee.

The group forced their way into the house and Valente tried to escape with her son. She got in her car and tried to leave, but a different car was in the way. One of the men reportedly broke her car window and reached in to grab Jayce.

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She says Jayce was ripped right out of her arms — a truly heartbreaking moment for any mother.

An Amber Alert was issued and friends and family aided in the search by spreading the word on social media.

“PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TODAY,” Valente wrote on Facebook. “PLEASE LOOK AT CARS AND FACES AND PAY ATTENTION TO ANYTHING THAT DOESNT SEEM RIGHT … PLEASE PRAY.”

It appears their dedicated search and prayers paid off. KTVU reported little Jayce was discovered safe at a La Quinta Inn and Suites in Dublin, California, on Sept. 25.

The father was reportedly arrested and Jayce appears to be doing well. He was welcomed by his family with open arms.

As his mother, Valente seems to be the most relieved of all, and rightfully so. When she received a text informing her that her son was found safe, she cried tears of joy.

“I’m grateful, I’m appreciative, I’m on my knees,” she told The Modesto Bee. “Thank you to every news station, every person … everybody that was involved.”

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Her relief is a breath of fresh air. We’re so glad this boy wasn’t missing for long and pray he and his family recover from this frightening ordeal soon.

Sadly, there are still many missing children who haven’t made it safely home yet. This is why Amber Alerts are issued — because the community has the power to help.

According to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, over 460,000 children were reported missing in 2017. The number is staggering.

But you can help. Stay alert. Take time to study the faces of missing persons posted at your local grocery store.

Help bring other children like Jayce home. If you have any information regarding a missing child, contact your local police or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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