Kienan Hebert, age three
The last few days all of B.C. has been glued to the news, hoping against hope for the safe return of this little fellow, who was discovered missing early Wednesday morning from his home. It soon became evident that he had been abducted in the night by a prior sex offender, who has done jail time for sexual assault and attempted abduction.
The entire population of the little town of Sparwood, B.C. joined in the search, and an Amber alert was sent out. One report said Kienan's mother's cries could be heard across the search area: "Kienan, Mommy loves you."
Kienan's dad sent out an emotional plea to the abductor. "Please return him safely, and as secretly as you wish. Do what you have to do, but please bring him back." The little boy's father explained Kienan has limited verbal skills and couldnt tell the details that would incriminate the abductor - they just wanted their child back. "Do the right thing," the father pleaded.
We all expected the worst: given the history of the abductor, it seemed unlikely this story would have a happy ending.
But the father's plea must have been heard. Around 3 a.m. on Sunday, a 9-1-1 call tipped off the police that Kienan had been taken back to his home (which was empty during the investigation). Police found him sitting on the couch with his blanket, apparently unharmed.
Thankfully, this time, a happy ending. Apparently, even the most damaged of humans has a heart.