Lawyer: Mom of abducted Ind. boy wasn't homeless

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Associated Press

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 12 at 4:33 PM

BROWERVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The lawyer for an Indiana mother whose in-laws reportedly abducted her son nearly 20 years ago is refuting claims that she was homeless and living in her car at the time.

Attorney Richard Muntz says Lisa Harter spent only three days living in a car. He says a judge had given her custody of the boy on weekends in 1994, but the paternal grandparents took him to Minnesota before she could get him.

Authorities recently found the boy, Richard Wayne Landers Jr., living in Browerville. He had changed his name in 2006 to Michael Jeff Landers.

Muntz says Harter is eager to talk to her son but that hasn't happened yet.

The father, Richard W. Landers Sr., says he also wants to see his son again.

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