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Lawyer: Mom of abducted Ind. boy who turned up in Minn. wasn't homeless when in-laws took him

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    This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 photo shows the home of Michael Jeff Landers, left, near his grandparents home, background center, outside Browerville, Minn. Authorities have determined that Landers, 24, is really Richard Wayne Landers, Jr., who was abducted by his paternal grandparents when he was 5 years old, when his unemployed mother was living in a car in Indiana. Sheriff Peter Mikkelson said the investigation is ongoing and that the case will be forwarded to federal authorities for possible charges. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (The Associated Press)

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    The home of Richard and Ruth Landers, who police say abducted grandson Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. when he was 5 years old, when his unemployed mother was living in a car in Indiana, is shown Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, outside Browerville, Minn. Indiana State Police said the now 24-year-old Landers was found living near his grandparents under an assumed name and that the grandparents were living under aliases and confirmed his identity. The grandparents could face federal charges in the case, a Minnesota sheriff said. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (The Associated Press)

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    This photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows Richard Wayne Landers, Jr. who authorities say was abducted from Indiana by his paternal grandparents in 1994 during custody proceedings. Authorities say a 24-year-old man with the same Social Security number and date of birth as Landers but living under a different name was located in October, 2012 in Long Prairie, Minn. Police said his grandparents were also living under aliases nearby and confirmed his identity. (AP Photo/Indiana State Police) (The Associated Press)

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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