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Boy Reunited With Dad After 8 Years

June 1, 2000 GMT

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ A child on the run for eight years has been reunited with his father after officials spotted the boy trying to visit his mother in jail.

Jonathan Ortiz, now 10, disappeared in 1992 after his mother allegedly tried to kill her husband with a pesticide-laced milkshake and then fled with the boy to Mexico.

Elizabeth Fuentes Ortiz, 30, was captured in March in Guadalajara, Mexico, and returned to California to face attempted murder and torture charges for the attack on her former husband, Gilbert Ortiz.

She has been held at the women’s jail in Redwood City, where police posted an age-progression image of what 2-year-old Jonathan might look like today, and warned guards to be on the lookout for visitors.

Police Correctional officer Laura Boersig noticed a startling resemblance to the image when Ortiz received three visitors at the jail Tuesday night.

``Jonathan was reunited with his very relieved father″ the next morning, Redwood City Police Sgt. Kathryn Anderson said Wednesday.

Ortiz had not seen his son since 1992, when his wife allegedly urged him to drink the pesticide-laced milkshake, saying it was a health drink that would make him stronger.

Police said he suffered violent convulsions and was unconscious for several days. His heart stopped, his kidneys failed, and he still suffers chronic joint and muscle pain, Anderson said.