LONGMONT - A Colorado mother says she feels relief after being reunited with her 3-year-old son, who was allegedly abducted and taken to Canada by his father.
Luke Turner sat on the lap of his mother, Brandy Turner, at a news conference Tuesday night after arriving at Denver International Airport.
"[Luke] was like, 'mommy, am I going home?'" Brandy Turner said, describing the reunion. "He was really excited."
Monty Turner is accused of taking Luke on Saturday from the home the boy shares with his mother in Longmont. A court order prohibits Monty Turner from having any contact with his son or Brandy Turner, his estranged wife.
"I never didn't want [Luke] to have a relationship with his dad," Brandy Turner said Tuesday night. "This was all so unnecessary."
Authorities say the father attacked Brandy Turner with pepper spray and a stun gun before taking the boy. He was arrested Sunday in Manitoba with Luke, who was unharmed.
The father was jailed on suspicion of kidnapping, burglary and assault.
The night the Amber Alert went out, Monty Turner's older brother Ronald, says he was pulled over and questioned by Weld County deputies. He was driving one of the vehicles police initially thought might be carrying his nephew.
Ronald Junior says he told authorities he didn't know about Monty Turner's plan to take Luke from his estranged wife.
He admits that what his brother did was wrong - but he thinks he may know the reason.
"Monty I think at one time had told me that she threatened to leave and take Luke and go," Ronald Junior said. "I know that's hearsay. I never heard it from her, and you know, that's just going to be one of those things - back and forth - who said who said."
Brandy said Monty Turner attacked her with pepper spray and a stun gun before he allegedly kidnapped their son. Ronald says he doesn't think that's true.
It's still not clear how Monty Turner and his 3-year-old son were able to cross the border into Canada, despite an active Amber Alert.
A review hearing was held Tuesday in Winnipeg, Manitoba where a judge ruled Turner must remain in custody until a immigration admissibility hearing, according to a Canadian newspaper.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)