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Mother, daughter reunited after 47 years apart

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Charmaine Handy has searched for her lost family for decades and on Saturday, after 47 years apart, she was reunited with her mother Jessie Thurmond.

“Just feel blessed to have my daughter back in my life,” said Jessie Thurmond, who left her daughter in her mother’s custody years ago due to troubling times. “Very emotional.”

Handy was then removed from her grandmother’s care at the age of three and put in the foster system. Handy said she’s searched for her family for years, but never could find them because of name changes.

“I always came to a dead end because they had been married and their names had changed,” she said. “Where I still have my birth name.”

On her 50th birthday this past November, Handy said she woke up to a Facebook message from her long lost aunt, saying, “Thank you God for Facebook, we have found our niece who's been missing for 47 years.” She said, “The tears just fell down my face.”


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