WARREN, OH (WOIO) - A 12-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother nearly a decade ago was finally reunited with her father, after the girl was found to be a victim of sexual abuse.
We are not to identifing the girl, her father or grandmother to protect the identity of a victim of sexual assault.
The girl, who we've decided to call Madison, was born in Ohio to an engaged couple. The baby girl was her father's pride and joy.
He shared old pictures of his daughter from before she disappeared, saying that he had no idea what was going to happen.
"At this point, her mom had still wanted to get married," said Madison's dad. "I really had no idea that that was part of anything that [her mom] was planning to do."
He said that in the spring of 2006, Madison's mom secretly removed his name from their daughter's birth certificate, and disappeared with their little girl. Madison's dad said that her mom fled the state with her boyfriend, Kevin Scott Rose. Madison's dad said that he was immediately worried, because he said the girl's mom previously had violent thoughts toward their baby.
"You just don't know. You hope that she's safe but you don't know," he said.
He said he went through the court process and obtained full custody of his little girl in 2007.
The only proof he had that she was even alive was one photo he saw posted on a Facebook page of a relative of the girl's mom - about six years after his baby disappeared.
"You still think that if you do the right things legally that you're going to get her back," he said.
Stories like this happen frequently in the United States. In one year alone, more than 200,000 kids were parentally abducted in the United States. The Justice Department states that parental abduction is different than a typical custody battle if three things happen; concealment, intent to prevent contact and flight.
Those three things happened to Madison's family in spades, said her grandmother. "It's been torture. Frustrating. Agonizing is the word that I use."
The search for Madison continued year after year, until the spring of 2015, when Madison's grandmother decided to do the thing she'd done so many times before - search for her grandbaby online.
"It's a good thing and a sad thing at the same time to read what I did in order to find her," said Madison's grandmother.
She typed Madison's mom's boyfriend's name into Google, Kevin Scott Rose, the man they thought she left Ohio with all those years ago.
"I typed it in and what a shock it was. His face. Not just his name here pops up, his face, and that had to do with his pornography charges," said Madison's grandmother.
Rose was in jail in North Carolina, charged with manufacturing and distributing child pornography. He would eventually face more charges, including child exploitation and rape of a minor. One of his alleged victims, for years, was Madison,
"I mean you want to kill him," Madison's dad said, referring to Rose.
Madison's dad said that his daughter didn't realize that Rose wasn't her biological father.
"That's the other sickening thing and I can't even as a human being understand how you can do that first of all, but to let a child think that you're their father and be doing that - and what would go through a child's mind?" he said.
The struggle to get Madison back home wasn't over, there were still more legal loopholes to jump through after she was located.
Her dad had to take a DNA test and there were things like a home study before father and daughter got a chance to re-meet each other almost a decade later.
"It's kind of strange. It's like a Star Trek episode that someone went from like 2 to 12. I just missed celebrating her second birthday by just a couple of days before she was taken, and I get her back and we're, two days after I get her back we're celebrating her 12th birthday," said Madison's dad.
She's now left North Carolina, and returned to Ohio - trying desperately to be a regular kid.
Cleveland 19 reached out to the girl's mom, but hasn't heard anything back about what happened. Her mother has not been charged with anything.
Madison may have to return to North Carolina to testify against Rose who is awaiting trial in jail, held on $2 million bail, for charges including first-degree rape of a minor.
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