LOWELL (CBS) — A Lawrence man accused of parental kidnapping has been located in Mexico City, Lowell police announced Monday. His 14-month-old son has been reunited with the boy’s mother.

Fillemom De Lima, 37, of Lawrence, is being held in a Mexican immigration detention center.

Fillemom De Lima (Photo Courtesy: Lowell Police)

De Lima and little Julian were last seen on January 9.

“I never thought I’d go through this so it’s kind of hard to explain how I feel besides very excited,” said Mahalia Alexander-Paggi about having her son safe in her arms again.

Mahalia Alexander-Paggi was reunited with her son Julian (WBZ-TV)

She was at Logan Aiport late Sunday night to greet Julian. “He had to take a double-take, ‘is that my mom?’ But he came right to me.”

According to police, “De Lima had a 9-day lead on this investigation and had he made to Brazil, this reunion may never have occurred.”

Alexander-Paggi told WBZ-TV De Lima was trying to bring baby Julian to his native Brazil until he was 18.

Investigators were able to reunite a mother and her 14-month-old son after the boy was allegedly kidnapped by his father (Photo Courtesy: Lowell Police)

De Lima also taunted her on social media while he drove himself and Julian to Mexico, Alexander-Paggi said. “Just sending me pictures just to torture me, sending me videos, sending a picture of another woman with my son.”

Julian took his first steps with his father and learned a few more words, but Alexander-Paggi is thankful she has a lifetime with her boy to make up for time lost.