Hays Co. boy found safe; mother taken into custody

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on November 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 8:37 AM

HAYS COUNTY, Texas -- A missing seven-year-old Wimberley boy has been found safe near Tulsa.

Hays County Deputy Thomas Ormsby says Benjamin Cotton Auberry was found north of Tulsa, Oklahoma Tuesday night. Auberry's biological mother, Stephanie Cotton, was arrested and charged with burglary and interference with child custody.

Ormsby says Cotton went to Auberry's biological father's house, and his family notified police.

Auberry was taken by his mother from his grandparents' home in Wimberley sometime between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Sunday. Bill Cotton told authorities he was worried because his daughter has "an extensive criminal history." This includes felony burglary and interfering with child custody, which is a felony.

Bill Cotton has full custody of Benjamin and another child of Stephanie's.

"The mother had talked to her and tried to get her to go also. Luckily that didn't happen. How we got so unlucky that she got back in to get her son is our bad luck," said Cotton.

Bill told KVUE on Tuesday that he was worried about the health of his grandson while he was missing. He says he has AVM and takes medication to help keep him calm. He said Stephanie didn't have that medication with her.

Investigators didn't issue an Amber Alert because Stephanie Cotton's parental rights aren't completely terminated. She has supervised visitation rights.

Authorities in Hays County are working to extradite Stephanie back to Central Texas. They are also making arrangements to get Benjamin back home with his grandparents.

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