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Massachusetts Boy Missing for 2 Years Found in Florida

Matthew Hale was 3 years old in September 2016, when authorities say his biological mother abducted him

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    Webster Boy Abducted in 2016 Found Safe in Florida

    A boy from Webster, Massachusetts, whose mother allegedly abducted him two years ago, was found in good health in Florida.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018)

    A Massachusetts boy missing for two years has been found in Florida.

    Authorities say Matthew Hale was 3 years old when he was abducted by his biological mother in September 2016 after his biological father was granted full custody by courts in Massachusetts.

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently received an anonymous tip that Christina and Matthew Hale were living in Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The Webster Police Department contacted the Orange County Sherriff’s Office for assistance.

    Following many hours of surveillance on the suspected residence, 40-year-old Christina Hale was spotted and she was arrested on Oct. 16, according to the sheriff's office.

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    Matthew Hale was also at the Florida residence, and he was found in good health.

    Now 5 years old, Matthew Hale was turned over to the Department of Children and Families to coordinate a reunion with his biological father, who lives in Webster.

    It's unclear if Christina Hale has an attorney, what specific charges she faces and when she'll be arraigned.