BOISE — Nine months ago, Marco Alcalde’s ex-wife abducted his seven-year-old son Max Gian. Alcalde hasn’t seen the boy since then but is already making plans for when his son comes home.
“I need to be ready, so I’ve done some things,” Alcalde said. “I’ve lined up a psychologist.”
Experts say that’s a wise move because the psychological toll on a child from parental abduction can be devastating.
In the Wednesday kidnapping of Luca Principali, for example, police say he seemed to recognize his mother at the door but didn’t want to go.
Dr. Thomas Young with the Warm Springs Counseling Center says such a moment can be extremely hard on a child emotionally.