Child Found In US, Mother Arrested

February 3, 2012

A 14-year-old Bermudian child allegedly abducted by his mother in 2003 was found in Florida yesterday [Feb.2], according to US media and police reports.

The child’s mother – 40-year-old Bermudian Kim Sakena Swan [pictured]  – was arrested and charged with interference with child custody.

The child is expected to be reunited with his father — Bermudian Giovanni Burrows who lives in Bermuda, and works as a ferry pilot for Marine & Ports.

Bermuda’s legal system had placed the child in the care and custody of Mr. Burrows in 2002.

In January 2003 — when he was five years old — his mother took him to the United States and Mr. Burrows was unable to find him for many years, despite a relentless effort to find his son.

The child has been listed as missing by Interpol for a number of years, and was also listed by the US National Center for Missing & Exploited Children [NCMEC].

After many years of searching for his son, Mr. Burrows was overjoyed to be reunited with his son in Florida last year, however while in court his mother is alleged to have abducted him again.

Mr Burrows was scheduled to get custody of the child at a hearing at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Florida. At the courthouse, the boy said he had to go to the bathroom and that’s when he secretly met his mother and the two took off.

Ms Swan remained on ‘the run’ with the child, until being caught by American law enforcement earlier this week. She has a second child, a daughter. This second child is believed to about eight or nine years old and believed to be fathered by an American.

Both children are said to be in the care of the American child protective services, and Ms Swan remains in a Jacksonville jail on $29,000 bond. She was also accused of petty theft, and a screenshot from the Jacksonville jail website showing the charges she was arrested on yesterday can be seen here.

Mr. Burrows is expected to head to Florida today or tomorrow to be reunited with his son, and start the process of bringing him home to Bermuda.

He has already expended his savings over the years searching for his son, and is facing mounting legal bills.  If anyone cares to make a small donation to assist with his expenses please feel free to make a transfer to HSBC account 010-465235-012.

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  1. SO SO EXCITED says:

    Giovanni FINALLY :) :) :) :) I am so so happy for you.

    • Poetic Justice says:

      Finally I hope that Giovani and his son can put this chapter of life behind them move on after so many lost years. Best wishes.

      Cute mug shot LOL

  2. Politely Pompous says:

    Fantastic news for Mr. Burrows. Sadly, Mr. Burrows will have a long trek ahead of him because his son is not a little kid anymore, but I’m praying that all finally goes well for him!

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      WITH FAMILY SUPPORT & COMMUNITY SUPPORT, JASAI WILL BE ALRIGHT!

      • Edward Tavares says:

        Congrads! Giovanni. Best wishes to you both, and I am sure that support will be there. It has been a long road, determination and persistence has paid off. You have my full support, again all the best.

  3. Bullseye says:

    great news!

  4. BermyGirl says:

    THANK YOU JESUS :) :):):):)

    MAY GOD CONTINUALLY BE WITH THIS FAMILY

    • Wandering says:

      Agree whole heartedly.

    • bermygirl says:

      This poor child. What a raw deal he got on parents hated eachother far more than they ever loved him. I hope now that he can’t be used as an attention ,sympathy and money card let’s hope he’ll still be valued by his dad.

      • ... says:

        I’m just curious…where did you read that these two hated each other? And where did you read that this was all just for show? If this man has spent damn near his entire savings…if not all of it what makes you think he does not love his son? Some people really need to think before they make comments.
        And to Mr. Burrows I’m am so happy for you that you have finally found your son and will be reunited with him soon. May God continue to bless your family

      • wallawalla says:

        ..wow, that is a bit harsh. I never knew her but i haveknown him for ten years now and hate is not a word that i would ever associate with him . He definitely loves his son and it was evident to any person that has ever met him or followed his storey.. The few times we spoke of what happened he never spoke ill of his ex and believe me he had every right to. He was frustrated and hated what she did but I never heard him speak with hatred towards her. I think you owe him an apology for making such a hurtful statement in a public forum at such a happy time in his life….unless you are beating him down because you are related to her.

      • Compassion says:

        What a horrible thing to say.

      • nnb says:

        go f yourself bermygirl! some people are so mean!!!

      • Nothing but the truth says:

        It takes a terrible person to say something so horrible about a father that actuall fights for his kid.

      • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

        I HAVE TO COMMENT…. BERMYGIRL….. YOU DONT KNOW ME, NOR MY SON…. YOUR JUST ANOTHER PERSON LOOKING FOR ATTENTION…. I DONT NEED OR REQUIRE AN APOLOGY FROM YOU, AS YOUR POST ITSELF SHOWS THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU ARE….. SO FOR THE FUTURE THINK BEFORE YOU TALK AS YOU’VE MADE A FOOL OF YOURSELF….

        • Sonja Oliveira says:

          GO G!!! Some of these posts are gettn me upset too. The TRUE and COMPLETE story will come out soon!

      • Seriously? says:

        @bermygirl…are you serious!? or just plain stupid!? why would he have searched and gone through all the trouble to find him to neglect him? Your an arsse for even thinking that way….why don’t you stay off the damn comment board with your ignorant comments!!! IDIOT!!!!

  5. Jeebus Christ Naive FOlk says:

    As it is written in stone, I shall repeat it.

    “Never stick your di^k in crazy, men.” – Smart men ‘forever

  6. Bermudians jus Talk says:

    God dont sleep!!!!!F%$# all u Women that wanna use kids as a weapon yall need 2 grow up!!!Now lets put things in place so NO WOMEN can Ever do this again!!!!Bless up G Money!!!!

    • Not me says:

      I understand your comment but how about changing comment to put things in place so no parent can do this ever again. I have never hounded my child’s father for money. I would prefer to SHARE custody of my child so that way my child has equal time with both parents. Because I left the fsather and moved on with my life the FATHER was talking about doing the very same thing Ms. Swan done. Luckily for me I took his threats seriously. I reported him to US Customs and was fortunated enough to save myself the same heartbreak G has had to deal with. I’m happy for G and his family and wish them all the best.

  7. TJ says:

    This is great news I am so happy for the family and at the same time also concerned for his son as this is going to tear him apart being away from his mother. May God be with you all.

  8. WTH???? says:

    GREAT NEWS……..

  9. Bermy's Finest says:

    Wow amazing…hopefully Giovanni and his son can work on there relationship because I am sure it wont be easy…..God Bless you both

  10. bermygirl says:

    Now let’s hope the can finally stop using this child to hurt eachother. Remember 3 sides to a story.

    • wondering says:

      very true…very true…..very true…very true…..very true…very true…..very true…very true…..

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      THEY ????? MY SEARCH WAS NOT ABOUT KIM AT ALL!!!!! IT WAS ABOUT RESCUING MY SON FROM A VERY VERY HORRIBLE SITUATION… GO BACK IN HISTORY OF THIS STORY AND READ ALL OF IT… I DONT APPRECIATE THE COMMENT USING THE CHILD TO HURT EACH OTHER, GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT !!!! I BENT OVER BACKWARDS EVEN WHEN I HAD CUSTODY TO ALLOW MORE THAN JUST EVERY OTHER WEEKEND, FOR KIM TO BE WITH JASAI…..

  11. REALISM says:

    thank d lord! blessings

  12. jensopinion says:

    ok congrats to the family and alla that but is no one else laughing their ass off at that mug shot??!! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

  13. Justin T says:

    Thank U lord for returning this child to his father…keep ur head up Mr Burrows start catching up on lost time with your son.

  14. Observer says:

    It’s always sad when the children aget caught up in the parents’ issues…a very wise judge (Judy) has said on many an occasion ‘you have to love your children more than you hate each other’.
    I’m thinking that this poor boy will likely need some serious counselling when he gets home.

  15. Jai says:

    OMG he is 14 years old now I remember when this all started. I wish an amicable and pleasant result for a healthy relationship among everyone involved here.

    - Respice finem -

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      THANKS IT WILL ALL WORK OUT… AS PROVISIONS HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE..

  16. Lazy Fools says:

    Right on Giovanni!!!!

    May that crazy b***h f*****g burn in hell!

  17. The Ridiculist says:

    My heart goes out to the mother. She has proven to be a champion mother who moved heaven and earth to keep her child. If some of the mother’s in this country had half the strength she has what a wonderful world this would be. ROCK ON girl…You should be awarded the mother of the year. Fought the fight for your child.

    • Can't Take It Anymore says:

      Was it strength or was it really weakness? If mothers had her so called strength, then there would be even more fatherless children in this world. Thus adding to the problem.

      • know yur place says:

        G i’m so happy for u..tears came too my eyes …bless u and yur’s

    • Lazy Fools says:

      Give me a break! You’re crazy, maybe more crazy that this woman! She’s a criminal! She broke multiple laws in multiple jurisdictions. If some of the mothers in this country had half the strength she has, we would all be doomed!

      • The Ridiculist says:

        Thats ok you can call me crazy if you want to maybe I am. But when you yank a child from his mothers reach at the tender age he is, you can rest assure there will be a void that will come to pass for him. A void we may never understand and he may never be able to communicate. The hardest part may be that he may never see her or talk to the only person he knew for the last 14 years can only bring another set of emotional distress to this child. Mediation is a must is all I am saying and sensitivity needs to be the logical approach.

        • wallawalla says:

          You are crazy. He could have known and talked to both parents if she had not run…can’t work it out that’s what judges are for.

          • Still Angry says:

            You sound like my ex-wife…..STUPID OLD CRAZY AND BROKE!!!! and to think she and my child could have had a better life if she had just behaved and played by the rules, even if she didn’t want to be married to me anymore….instead she chose to do the same this stupid girl did….take child and run into nothing but trouble along the way. STUPID!!!!

          • fed de fat up says:

            I agree Walla. You sound foolish Ridiculist! She DID NOT have custody of the little boy and stole him? Why? He was not in danger. He was being lovingly cared for by his father who went through hell in back because she would not accept that she was unfit. If half the men in Bermuda has half the passion that G has exhibited, this Island would be a better place.

    • PH says:

      What?

    • Edward Tavares says:

      Your way of thinking is why so many children are that way they are. Children love both of their parents. This is parential alienation at it’s best. That is a form of child abuse! IF only people knew what that does to children they would not do it. God speed Giovanni and Jasai.

  18. TJ says:

    I’m not gonna bash the mother and I am not going to pretend to know the whole story but it’s not about her or Giovanni it is about their son who is caught in the middle and no matter how much you guys hate her and wish ill on her this little boy loves his mother and yes she went about it the wrong way but it doesn’t change the fact that the love he has for his mother no one will ever be able to destroy. Giovanni I wish you the best and I hope that your family and Kim’s family can come together for your son’s sake to make this as pleasant as possible. People are so quick to want to bad mouth each other but they lose sight on what’s really important and that is Jasai. This is going to be very difficult for him and God only knows what will come of this.

  19. FREDDY G says:

    Congrats Mr. Burrows on your reunion with your son!
    LOVE HIM TO LIFE !
    God bless Ms. Swan and her daughter !

  20. enough says:

    I know nothing about the story and what is law is law etc etc. I just wonder how the child feels? 13 years old, having spent most of his life in the US. Tough transition so I hope that support services are on standby to help.
    Good to hear that the Dad didn’t give up. Good for you Sir.

  21. Tina says:

    If the son is 14, doesn’t he at least have a say in which parent he wants to live with? (assuming Mom isn’t incarcerated or abusive) Again, it’s all about the parents and not the child. Unfair. I will bet he doesn’t wish to live with his father in Bermuda, but would be happier with extended visits while they reconnect.
    I’m happy for Dad, sad for the son, as he is a victim of circumstance.

    • Mussel Pie says:

      He won’t be able to stay with his mother now. She will be going to jail.

    • fed de fat up says:

      And what do you really think the answer to that will be? his mom of course. he was snatched from his dad almost ten years. there is no longer a bond there.

  22. Redman says:

    Congratulations Mr. Burrows, my heart goes out to you. Good Luck and I wish you many Happy Years with your son. Hopefully he will not be (too) scarred from these last years.

  23. Neither here or there says:

    Somebody dropped the ball in this whole situation. This child would never be the same again. Emotionally scarred for life. Hopefully, this would be the end of these foolish games of cat and mouse, duck, duck, goose or musical chairs. SMH silly rabbits.

  24. Erica says:

    My heart breaks for both children in this case. May they both somehow turn out ok despite the turmoil they are going through. This young man whilst coming home to a father that loves him will be facing losing a mother and sister. I hope the father considers the sister relationship and somehow works it that they can stay in touch. These children are both victims. Such a sad story!

  25. Positive in 2012! says:

    Great news for Giovanni! I hope that the transition back to Bermuda for your son goes smoothly. Its been a long road for you and all involved.

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      IF WERE SURROUNDED BY A POSITIVE COMMUNITY, THE TRANSITION WILL NOT FAIL ONCE BACK IN BERMUDA..

      • fed de fat up says:

        G, reading this all of this must be exhausting. Save your energy the time ahead. Ignore many of these foolish people (in other comments). I am SO glad this part of the battle is finally over. I told you it would work out. Glad you kept believing when no one did!

  26. Soccer Mom says:

    I am not going to judge anyone, and every story has many sides. I can not say what I would do if I was in her shoes or in the fathers shoes – no one should be passing judgement . All I know that if my children were in harms way I would move heaven and earth to safe them. As a parent my heart goes out to both of them. We are so quick to say negative – say something positive to both family. I pray for both sides – nothing like a mothers LOVE .

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      I LIKE THAT, YES I AGREE, NOTHING LIKE A MOTHERS LOVE… SOMETIMES THOUGH ITS JUST THAT, THAT HARMS THE CHILD!!!!!

      • Soccer Mom says:

        There are three sides to a story -the fathers side, the mothers side and the most important side the LORD above ( and trust me he never sleeps) . We all need to remember What Goes Around Comes Around and You Reep What You Sow .

  27. tricks are for kids says:

    “Gio” God answers prayers! I’m glad that you remained faithful because we all knew that this day would come….YOU were GRANTED CUSTODY IN THE FIRST PLACE FOR A REASON AND THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO REALISE!!!!!!!!!!!. Yes, it might be difficult for you at first to form that bond after all these lost years but that too will be taken care of in time. You have the proof to show that you never stopped searching for your son despite what has been told to him. Yes, it will be a big adjustment for eveyone but the wait has been worth it…

    to KIM I am sure that you too knew that this day would eventually come..God never sleeps and it has been proven yet again..THAT YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE…..

  28. Sparky says:

    To all of you who are backing up the mother…the courts in both Bermuda and the United States granted full custody of the child to the father, not to her. As the courts are generally more inclined to grant custody to the mother, that in itself should and does indicate that there was something seriously amiss in the way the mother was caring for the child.

    While I am very pleased that Mr. Burrows will soon have his son back with him, I do hope that the transition for his son will not be too painful and that Mr. Burrows can find it in his heart to not deprive his mother of some kind of contact with her son, as she did to him.

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      WOW…….. THANK YOU!!! COULD’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER

  29. Shaking My Head.. says:

    I had the opportunity of meeting this man.. A father who did everything within his means to locate his child and save him. Once that kid and his Daddy get back to Da Rock they will need more support than ever. Good Job Dad!! Let us circle the wagons and help in anyway we can.. I would not be surprised if he tries to adopt the sister too.

  30. God is good says:

    Baby boy Aunty always told you keep the faith God sits hight but he looks low…

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      THANK YOU AUNTIE…. LIKE IV’E SAID, THEY CAN’T BREAK WHAT GOD CREATED!!!!!

  31. S. Somner says:

    I don’t know any of the parties involved personally but am aware of the situation as it has been in the news for many years. WHO is most important here is the child! But at the end of the day there are no “winners”……This child WILL be scared for life – and God forbid if he comes to reside in Bermuda and has to deal with the daily finger pointing ie: “That’s the boy who………..” The transition ahead for this 14 year old male will NOT be easy! At a time when he is meandering through the trials of teenage and adolescent “stuff” he is now about to start a NEW life (at this age0 with people with whom he’s had very little to no contact! He’s going to need much support and ongoing counselling and he’ll need to be surrounded by positive people. The “battle” between the parents will not mend overnight, if at all. While I’m happy for the father and the son, my heart aches somewhat for the mother because AS a mother I just can’t imagine how she’s feeling right now having her “right arm” removed from her REGARDLESS of the circumstances. This situation is bitter, yet sweet. But folks need to bear in mind that the game of chess is still on – and the child is very much on the board! Wishing ALL parties the VERY best and praying for the child!

  32. kenny f says:

    Congratsd to you Giovanni… I’m about to begin the same process in search of my daughter too… OH the pain!!!

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      I CAN HELP DIRECT YOU TO MY LEGAL TEAM AS THEY NEVER STOP… WHEN I GET BACK HIT ME UP, ILL GIVE ANY INFO I CAN TO ASSIST YOU, BLESS AND I PRAY YOUR SITUATION DOESNT GET AS BAD AS MINE

  33. Eyes Wide Open says:

    My gracious! I’m surprised that nobody commented on her picture. She looks like a bullfrog that just got run over by a bus! :D

  34. White Christ says:

    She dont look like shes got ketchup on her fries.

  35. Tired!!! says:

    So tired of you judgemental Bermudians….Happy for the father ? Whatever! Does anyone know why she left with her son? Do you? No!!!! There’s TWO sides to every story not ONE, and you’ve only heard the fathers and ran with it!! Silly People!!

    • SMDH!!!! says:

      No we may not know why she left . . . but the facts remain . . . she broke the law by leaving!!!!!!!!!!! Then she goes further to break the law while her children are with her in the states.

      As a mother, I can feeel her pain in losing custody of her child, but did this obviously bright and educated former teacher stop and think about hwat she was going to put her son through emotionally????????????

      She should have known her son’s father was not going to give up looking for his son!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Don’t get mad at the public, she put herself in everyones eye to be judged and criticized . . . period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • tricks are for kids..... says:

      @ “tired” there are SOME people who are aware of the WHOLE story..why are you are getting all upset because people are expressing their opinions…Like I said in an earlier post GIO WAS GRANTED CUSTODY FOR A REASON..If Kim felt that the judges decision was wrong than she could have done the right thing and filed an appeal but SHE ran..She CHOSE TO DO THE WRONG THING!!! SHE has had many many years to right her wrong..when the authorities caught up wth her the first time that was her second chance to right her wrong but SHE chose not to take the opportunity that was presented to her…KIM has to answer to her demons..I don’t care if there are NINE HUNDRED sides to this story the fact remains the same that SHE did something wrong. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about things and unfortunately SHE chose the wrong way..Kim is not completely innocent either..let’s not forget about how or why Gio ended up in the hospital all those years ago and what part Kim had to play in that…To all who have known where she was all this time are just as bad as her..to allow her to live like that (stealing, running from place to place etc)with two young innocent children..if you really loved and cared for her like you are trying to portray in your comment you should have convinced her to do the right thing..If she is on the “up and up” surely the Judge would have reversed the decision..Unfortunately Kim chose to “make easy hard”..SHE chose to do the wrong thing and now it is time to “pay the piper”……..YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE……………………………

    • the REAL TRUTH says:

      Dear Tired,
      “Us Judegmental Bermudians” have been following the story from the beginning and many of us do know the real underlying story. Seems like YOU are the one being judgemental because you dont know the facts nor did you take the time to read the older articles and history of this story.

    • GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

      CLEARLY YOU DONT KNOW THIS CASE…… SO BEING THAT YOUR SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE OTHER SIDE RESEARCH THE FACTS BEFORE YOU MAKE SUCH COMMENTS, YOU SOUND LIKE YOUR RELATED TO HER…. SORRY FOR YOU!!!!

    • Soccer Mom says:

      WELL SAID !!!!!!

  36. Parental Alienation says:

    This is a bittersweet case where now the father is happy and justifiably so but we don’t know what the teenager’s feelings are. Is he upset to be separated from his mother? The fact that he agreed to run away with his mother points to a state of mind that may have been shaped by what his mother has told him over the years.

    I would say that father and son seek counselling to find ways to bond, for the son to express how he feels and then if the father truly loves his son, he will let the son decide who he wants to live with. By keeping the lines of communication open with his son, in time the son will most likely come back on his own accord. Patience is required here.

  37. GIOVANNI BURROWS says:

    MORNING EVERYONE, IM SITTING HERE IN MY HOTEL ROOM MENTALLY PREPARING MYSELF FOR THE FINAL REUNION… I WOUKLD LIKE TO SAY THIS THOUGH, JASAI’S LITTLE SISTER NEEDS TO COME BACK AS WELL BEFORE SHE IS LOST IN THE SYSTEM OF FOSTER CARE.. I KNOW WHO HER FATHER IS NOW AS SHE TOLD ME HERSELF!!! (DISAPPOINTED IN YOU) BERMUDIAN FATHER NOT AMERICAN!!! I WILL NOT REVEAL WHO HE IS, I JUST SAY THIS… I HAVE PROVIDED ALL THE INFORMATION TO RESCUE YOUR DAUGHTER, NOW YOU HAVE TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS, AS I DO NOT HAVE ANY LEGAL TIES TO HER AND SHE IS A U.S CITIZEN, YOU KNOW HOW TO REACH ME!!!!! FOR THOES THAT FEEL NEGATIVE ABOUT THE WHOLE SITUATION….. I CAN SAY THIS ABOUT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY, ITS A MESS, AND FOR MY SON’S SAKE I WILL HOLD MY MOUTH, I HAVE BEEN GIVEN CUSTODY FOR A REASON, SIT BACK AND LET ME DEAL WITH MY SON… CLEARLY THE PEOPLE THAT SAY THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE ARE EITHER KIM’S FAMILY OR FRIEND, AND I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR WHOLE THOUGHT PROCESS.. I HAVE NO TIME FOR NEGATIVE COMMENTS, AS YOU THAT POST THEM NEED TO SORT YOUR OWN MISERABLE LIVES…. MOVING FORWARD!!!!!

    • tricks are for kids says:

      Good for Giovanni….We all knew that this day would eventually come. No longer do you have to worry about the past its now where do we go from here? I’m with you when you say “CLEARLY THE PEOPLE THAT SAY THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE ARE EITHER KIM’S FAMILY OR FRIEND”. History of this story points a negative light on Kim, Your hospital stay and Kim’s involvement, the KIDNAPPING of Jasai, and so on and so forth. Her family and so called friends need to shoulder some of the responsibility as well because they knew how she has been living and what type of living is that? running from pillar to post, stealing to survive…is that that an ideal life for a child? it’s going to be a bit rough in the beginning of course that’s only natural but with your support and your family support Plus counselling services available here on the island Jasai will be okay there is light at the end of the tunnel…I don’t know you personally I am just a FB friend of yours…I have ‘inboxed” you a couple of times and have offered support….I admire your courage and determination……May God bless you, Jasai and his little sister upon your return…..

    • Ya Gota B Kiddin says:

      y did u hav 2 say that? sumtin is truly wrong with u bye, 2 go n put that info on the internet!!!!

  38. Whistling Frog says:

    So what do you think the child was going through while his mother had him on the run with her? Bittersweet my azz… This boy stands a better chance now being in a stable and secured environment as his father seems to be more responsible. And besides it took 2 to make a child but, some women truly think the because they gave birth that they own the child outright… And another problem some adults have is that you think a child can decide whats good for themselves while providing them with an unstable foundation to start with… Young people should be taught all the primary and secondary responsibilities before even given a chance to decide whats good for themselves, but what you expect of a child that is given things they did not ask for in the first place…

  39. Whistling Frog says:

    I wish all fathers ran after their children like this one… Props to Giovanni Burrows…

  40. Edward Tavares says:

    We at ChildWatch have been educating Bermuda society on “Parental Alienation”. This is a clear case. Understanding “Parental Alienation” is key. This is the correct way to treat it. Custody is supposed to be transferred to the parent who is being alienated, according to Dr. Richard Gardner who coined “Parental Alienation Syndrome”, and many other professional in this field. In addition, Giovanni was the parent who was given custody in the first place. These kinds of situations have gone on far too long, even, by alienating the children from the other parent right here in Bermuda. The Courts and agencies have to be more informed of these issues. Many fathers get the rap for not being involved, but, most times it is these situations that prevent them from doing so. Best of luck Giovanni and Jasai. God bless you both. Call me if I can be of help.

    • Put the children first says:

      Thank you for highlighting this. This is hugely prevalent in our society. Some parents hold so much anger for the failed relationship or for whatever reasons and they keep the children from parents who want to be there. Every child has the right to have a relationship with both parents. There are far too many people raising their children alone because that’s what they choose to do. In the end it shows a lack of true unconditional love for the child. True love allows you to make the best decision for the child regardless of the consequences to you.

  41. Hope Faith Love says:

    I have been saddened by the whole situation since Kim left with Jesai so many years ago. I pray that Giovanni and Jesai can build a healthy and positive relationship, and that Jesai is allowed the opportunity to reconnect with both his father’s family and his mom’s family. He was so young when he left he probably won’t remember most of us.

  42. Mermaid says:

    CONGRATULATION!!
    God is good. May God bless you and your fruit and may he guide you. People need to leave this sensitive situation which has tremendous challenges ahead alone when it comes to the negative. Bermudians need to love & help more and stop finding so much pleasure in negative.

    No matter what happened, I feel if there were more fathers like you than maybe we wouldn’t have all these territory/violant issues with our young black men.

    One minute they are crying about our black fathers don’t take care of their children and now that you are a perfect example of one who is there is still a problem. You are not about pleasing anyone else accept you and your son.

    REMEMBER: THE BURDEN IS NOT YOURS. IT’S THE LORD’S

    GOOD LUCK!!

  43. Katrina Smith says:

    Greetings GIOVANNI
    I am so happy and glad that you did not give up on the search for your Son!! I know its probably going to take time.. to get both your lives back in order, but time heals all things… You are an excellent father and I hope that other fathers can take hed to the love and dedication that you have shown to and for your child.
    Peace & Precious Love
    and I will remember you and your Son in my prayers
    I have nothing but Respect For YOU!!

  44. Truth Spoken says:

    This woman has kept her son away from not only his father but other family members and yes it is very upsetting however, to see the lengths she has gone through speaks volumes. No one but Giovanni and Kim know exactly what went down even close members of the family don’t really know because they are getting second hand information yes I am sure they may have witnessed some of the events but for a woman to go through all of this shows me that not only does she love her son she was willing to put herself in this position to one day if caught go to jail. I hope Jasai and his father can rebuild on the relationship they once had because he needs his father in his life yet people no matter how you feel about this woman Jasai clearly loves his mother and no matter what you say or do that fact will not change. My prayers are with the family but mostly Jasai as this will be very hard on him.

    • Whistling Frog says:

      @ Truth Spoken: Wow! Is that you opinion of love when a mother takes the child and runs to the ends of the earth from the child’s father? So how much love does the father have for tracking the child down? SMDH How much love was the child feeling for his father when he was taken? This boy probable don’t even remember what was going on at the age of 5 yrs old and now probable believes that his mothers actions was out of love to have him on the run… Is the boy not worthy of his fathers love?

      • Ya Gota B Kiddin says:

        remember that child only has 4years b4 he turns 18! so dont b surprised if he up n goes back 2 his mother! remember he would b a adult then!!!!

      • Truth Spoken says:

        Everyone’s opinion is just that however I don’t agree with what she did however, I am stating the obvious that she has a love for her son that she has gone through all these lengths. If you read all of my comment you would see that I spoke to the fact that Jasai needs his father in his life and yes I know that Giovanni loves his son as well. I am not friends with either parent however, I have seen both parents with their son and I can tell that he is loved from both ends. Why did she do this only she knows, does she love her son I believe she does, should she be punished for what she has done yes, should Giovanni and his son have a life together yes and I pray for them both because I know how it feels.

  45. Observer says:

    I have read all the comments above. Since this has happen we only continue to hear one side of the story. Although he claims it was a custody issue we never heard from family service or magistrate court in this matter. I am a mother and I believe that something had to happen in their previous relationship for this mother to protect her son and to vanish in thin air. I am sure we will here the truth in time. Good luck!!

    • MindYourBusiness says:

      Is the truth really any of your business? This is between three parties (mother, father and son) none of which involve you. That is the problem with some people they are so caught up in other peoples business of wanting to why, how and when instead of minding their own. This article is on Bernews for a reason to inform the public that Giovanni has been re-united with his son. Thats it! It has not asked for any ones opinion about the situation. And why would you assume that something had to happen for her to leave??? I am a mother too but that dont mean that I am going to up and leave my country because of the BS that I am going through with my baby daddy. No matter what my bf dishes out I can handle because I am a strong confident and independent women and I know if things got to a level that I would not be able to handle on my own and with the help of my family and frineds that there are systems in place that can help. Let it rest. Be happy that father and son can re-unite and hopefully the mother gets the help she needs.

      • Truth Spoken says:

        @ mindyourbusiness I understand what you are saying however it becomes peoples business when it is posted, and it allows people to voice their opinions. That’s what people fail to realize people are entitled to their opinions which is why Bernews allows comments. No one has a right to judge Kim or Giovanni because until you are in their shoes you never know what you are going to do and this I know from experience!!!

      • Ya Gota B Kiddin says:

        when u live in bermy everything is everyones business!!!

      • YouGotIssues says:

        This must be coming from someone who has all their business exposed and now is angry that they their relationship is like BERNEWS………..LMAO. just remember, you tell someone outside of you, your “baby daddy” and kids, your information will become public…..can’t trust your so-called friends. People like the fact that they have something on you, and will run with it. I hear everybody’s business everyday at work and I don’t even ask for it

  46. dat guy says:

    @GIOVANNI BURROWS
    is this about you and your son or you and the press??

    fine you looked for your son you found your son… get out of the paper now, shot up and move on!!

    your passing judgemnet on the other father. do you know him? do you know what he knows? i’m disapointed in you for trying to bring him down bra. check yourself!! you don’t know dat man!!!!

    kim was wrong for running but you know that all was not good on your side either. move on!

  47. mmj says:

    yayaya