Parental Kidnapping By Mother Ends Due to America's Most Wanted

September 2, 2006 -- After more than three years of agony, a Long Island man has been reunited with his daughter, who had been kidnapped by her mother and taken to Canada.

Michael Marran, 41, of East Hampton, got full custody of his 7-year-old daughter, Rachel, yesterday after a four-day court hearing in Montgomery County, Pa.

"We haven't seen each other in 3 1/2 years. It's a slow process," the ecstatic Marran said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"We had lots of fun going through an old photo album. There were a lot of things she recognized and a lot of things that she didn't."

Pennsylvania prosecutors said Rachel's mother, Claudia Librett, told her Marran had died while in prison.

"She has obviously been told some terrible things. She has been programmed. It's awful," Marran said.

Rachel was found in Ontario on Aug. 5 after an episode about her aired on "America's Most Wanted." A suspicious neighbor had called authorities.

Librett, 51, gave herself up near Niagara Falls and waived extradition to the United States.

For the previous two years, she and her daughter had been living under assumed names in a posh condo complex on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

Librett, currently behind bars, faces charges of kidnapping, interfering with the custody of children and concealing the whereabouts of a child.