Real Name: Benjamin Austin Baker
Case: Lost Son
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Date: May 1932
Details: In May 1932, when Margaret "Margie" Hamilton was just fourteen, her mother became gravely ill. Before dying, she urged her to marry James Austin Baker, a lumberyard worker in Atlanta, Georgia. He was more than four times her age. Within a year of their marriage, she gave birth to a son, Benjamin Austin "Benny" Baker. She was very happy with him. However, James was not pleased because he had three grown children from a previous marriage.
When Benny was eighteen months old, he became ill. She took him to the hospital where he had to stay for three days. When she came to pick him up, she was told that he was gone. Behind her back, James had given him up for adoption. Tragically, there was nothing she could do. She stayed with James, only because he told her that he could sign papers to get Benny back. Three years later, she gave birth to a daughter, Naomi. Three years after that, she had a second one, Lois. James tried to get rid of them as well, but she prevented this because she had finally learned to read and write. Also, they had moved to California and the laws were different by that time.
In 1944, James died; finally, Margie was free to search for Benny. However, when she went back to the orphanage in Atlanta, she was only given a photograph of him when he was about seven (seen above). She was told that the adoption records were sealed. She was also coldly told to forget that she ever had a son.
Today, Lois is trying to find Benny so that he can finally meet Margie, now eighty.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the June 4, 1999 episode along with that of Gerry and Terry Robinson.
Results: Solved. A viewer contacted the telecenter and stated that Benny had once lived as a foster child in his home. With this viewer's help, he was found living in Everett, Washington. He entered the foster care system at eighteen months and grew up outside Atlanta. He later became a salesman, married, and started a family. Sadly, he was told that Margie had cruelly abandoned him. However, when he learned the truth, he flew to Colorado Springs to be reunited with her and Lois.