For 17 years a mother didn't know where her child was, because the father had kidnapped him in 1993.
But in September of 2010, Waco native Stephen Palacios, Jr turned himself in and received an 8 year sentence.
But now, after less than one year in prison, he's being released for good behavior.
The district attorney says non-violent offenders like Palacios are getting out sooner because of the cost of incarceration.
Palacios should be out late September or early October.