A local company played a major role in reuniting a mother and her kidnapped child.
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Angela Corado was just 21 days old when she was kidnapped in broad daylight.
Her mother, Brenda Corado, told 10News in Spanish how it happened in an instant. She says two kidnappers hit her in the head, beat her up and left her unconscious along the streets of Guatemala while they were walking toward their doctor's appointment. She said the kidnappers drove off with her baby.
Though her worst nightmare was realized, Brenda never gave up. Two months later, little Angela was abandoned at a Guatemalan Christian television station.
But without documents or a birth certificate, Brenda had no proof Angela was her daughter.
Enter DNA PROKIDS, a non-profit organization aimed at fighting human trafficking.
"We know without the DNA analysis, she would have never ever found the baby," said Dr. Jose Lorente.
Lorente is the medical scientist behind DNA PROKIDS. The Corados are the first family he has ever met personally who have used the DNA PROKIDS kit to find each other.
"I mean, I'm kind of the person who tends to cry very easily in these emotional moments, and I almost did it yesterday," Lorente said.
The saliva swab test from a DNA kit provided and funded by Carlsbad's Life Technologies showed Angela and her parents were a 99.99 percent match. Days later, Angela was reunited with her mother.
Currently, DNA PROKIDS is only used in 16 countries, mainly in Latin America and Asia.
Guatemala is the only country that requires DNA testing for every missing child by law.
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