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Boy Who Vanished 11 Years Ago Arrested For Allegedly Killing His Kidnapper Dad

Anthony Templet was just 5 when he was snatched from his home in Texas. Now, he's been found in another state after allegedly killing his abductor. 

By Gina Tron

The good news is that a missing boy, who vanished 11 years ago, has finally been found alive. The bad news is that he now faces serious charges for allegedly shooting his kidnapper, his own father, to death.

“After 11 years of waiting to hear if my brother was still alive, he is found,” sister Natasha Templet told WAFB 9 in Baton Rouge.“He has been secluded and abused all these years by his own father. My brave brother had to defend himself for the last time against that evil man.”

Anthony Templet vanished from his Houston, Texas home at age 5. His dad Burt Templet was always thought to be the abductor, according to the family. They showed WAFB “missing boy” fliers that they posted around Houston at the time of the disappearance. It displays photos of both father and son.

"He snatched him from our home,” Natasha told WAFB9.

Earlier this month, Burt was shot to death inside a home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Officials believe Anthony, now 17, pulled the trigger.

Anthony allegedly admitted to killing his dad and told investigators that he shot him three times after his dad got drunk and violent, according to KHOU11 in Houston. Then, he called 911. Burt died a few days later from injuries sustained in the shooting.

Anthony Templet

He has been charged with manslaughter and a grand jury can either escalate the charge to murder or decide it was self-defense, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore told KHOU11.

It’s not clear if the teen has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time. He reportedly worked a few jobs in the Baton Rouge area where he lived with his dad.

“I can only imagine what Anthony’s been through. When he was a baby, Burt would hold him in his arms while abusing my mother,” Natasha told WAFB9.