By the time that Maria returned home, Valentin had taken Steven and bolted. And in the process, he had turned the former family home upside down. In fact, Valentin had done such a thorough job of uprooting his and Steven’s lives, it was almost as if the couple’s 18-month-old son had never existed at all.
Shockingly, every shred of evidence relating to Steven’s life had vanished. Valentin had taken all the boy’s belongings, as well as photographs that had captured the family in happier times. Unbelievably, he had even found an ultrasound scan of Steven in his mother’s womb and made off with that, too. But that wasn’t all.
Valentin had also snatched various bits of paperwork pertaining to Steven from the home. Sadly, Maria was left with nothing to remind her of her son. In fact, when she contacted police to report Steven missing, she didn’t even have a single photograph of the boy to give them.