Benjamin Cotton Auberry, the 7-year-old boy missing from his Wimberley home since Monday morning, has been located somewhere north of Tulsa, Okla., Hays County Sheriff’s Office deputy Thomas Ormsby said this evening.
As suspected, the boy was with his mother, Stephanie Cotton, who did not have custody of the child. She took him to the home of the boy’s biological father whose family alerted authorities. Ormsby did not immediately know the father’s name.
Arrangements are being made to extradite Stephanie Cotton back to Hays County where she faces charges of first-degree felony burglary and with interference with a child custody order. The boy will be returned to legal guardian in Wimberley, whose relationship has not yet been described.