Jennifer Bjork Samples of Pepin spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday since being reunited with her son, Christopher Samples.
The boy spent the last 15 months on the run with his father. FBI agents found the two living in East Rochester, Ohio.
Christopher's mother says her son is healthy and beginning to remember what it was like to be home.
Christopher's father, Mark Samples, disappeared with the boy while awaiting trial for the robbery of a credit union in Red Wing, Minnesota. Samples, a decorated naval hero, blamed the robbery on medication he was taking for post-traumatic stress disorder.