Police in Illinois celebrated a happy ending after a traced phone call led them to the safe recovery of ten-year-old Devin Hankins. Devin had disappeared from his home on September 2nd.
His guardians had a feeling that he was with his birth mother, Aimee Hankins.
Aimee lost custody of Devin partly because of her lengthy criminal record.
"We kind of knew where he was, not where he was but who he was with," said Devin Hankins guardian Sherri Harland. "That was a relief, knowing that she would probably take care of him but knowing that he wasn't here...everything was kind of put on hold a little bit."
Detectives located Devin in Apache County, Arizona after they traced a phone call from his mother.
On Monday afternoon, he was in the custody of the Apache County Sheriff's Office and doing well.
"His mother and alleged abductor was arrested at the same scene without incident," said Mercer County Sheriff Thom Thompson, "she is currently being held in the Apache County Jail."
Aimee Lynn Hankins will have an extradition hearing this week in Arizona. She is expected to face child abduction charges in Illinois.