On Dec. 1, 2007, AMW aired the story of a fugitive mom, Tanya Diane Brown, who police say kidnapped her five kids and went on the run in March 2005. That very night, AMW hotline operators got a tip that would eventually bring Brown to justice.
Authorities tell AMW that thanks to one of our tipsters, they discovered that Tanya Diane Brown was living in a mountainside community near the central Californian town of Tehachapi.
Cops learned that she had been living there since just after she hid out with her children at a San Ysidro, Calif. motel in 2005.
Police say that Tanya Diane Brown settled in this new community and even started a new life with a new common law husband.
Cops say the couple had a child together and were expecting another. But Tanya's life on the lam wouldn't last.
Local authorities did surveillance on the area and took photos of the woman and children they believed to be Tanya and her five kids. When Tanya's estranged husband, Charles, saw the pictures, he knew that cops had the right woman.
On Feb. 13, 2008, AMW caught up with Tanya's common law husband and he was arrested near the home they shared. Tanya was brought into police custody without incident shortly thereafter.
Cops say that all of Tanya's children are in Child Protective Services.