This past Friday was the last day of school before the kids went on winter break. It was also the last time a Jackson County man would see his 12-year-old son.
Last Friday when Bernard Longo came home from work, he noticed that his son, who attends Cottondale Elementary, was not home from school. Longo learned from a friend that the 12-year-old never got on the school bus.
Parent Bernard Longo says, "So we went to the school, and upon getting to the school we met up with a police officer who took us inside and told us that his stepmother had come there and checked him out."
Longo's ex-wife, Shelly Longo, apparently showed school officials adoption papers that were approved by a circuit judge in south Florida.
"There's is no way a judge should have given this woman custody of any child, especially mine, when she hasn't seen him in over three years, has never called, has never visited, nothing."
Cottondale police officials say the documents were legal and nothing was done wrong. That may explain why Longo can't seem to get any help from authorities when it comes to getting his son back.
"Besides the Cottondale Police Department, I've gone to the FDLE, the FBI, the state attorney's office, Jackson County."
Jackson County investigators did verify that the boy, Dominic Longo, is in south Florida with his stepmother.
Santana Longo, Dominic's sister, says, "I tried calling him Saturday and her boyfriend told me that he didn't want to talk to me."
Bernard Longo says he has reason to believe his son's life maybe in danger.
"She wanted to have me killed. I know this woman hates me enough that would hurt my son just to get back at me."
Bernard Longo says he ultimately blames the school board because the only two people on the list to sign his son out of school are him and his daughter. No one from the school was available for comment.