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Shawn and his parents say that while it was awful that Ben was kidnapped, if not for Ben, Shawn might not have been reunited with his family. Pam believes that if they didn't find the boys when they did, Shawn may never have come home. "I'm afraid that my worst nightmare would have come true at that time," Pam says.
"[I feel] thankful that he held in there for those couple of days, and I'm sorry for what he went through, because I told myself a long time ago I never want any other kid to go through what I went through," Shawn says. "But I am thankful for him for holding in there, and I'm happy that he's back with his family."