"I hope that I am wrong, but I fear that he is gone forever," Young said during a news conference Friday afternoon. "I believe that Terri Horman knows where Kyron is. I believe that Terri Horman is responsible for where my son is. The time has come for Terri to accept responsibility for what she has done."
Young said any money gained from the lawsuit will be dedicated and used for the families of other missing children.
"I don't want Terri's money. I want Terri to face justice," Young said. "Through this process, I hope to compel her to accept responsibility."
Young said she hasn't lost faith in the criminal investigation, but because Terri Horman hasn't been charged, she said she had to make a move. The statute of limitations on a civil kidnapping case in Oregon is two years.
Kaine Horman, Kyron's father, fully supports the lawsuit. Young didn't consult him before pursuing it, but he said anything that could put Terri Horman on the stand is positive.
"It's another effort that can bring in more information. Civil court is not beyond a reasonable doubt, so we have a better chance of pushing through court to get some accountability," he said.
Kaine Horman said he doesn't know what happened to his son, but he believes Terri Horman is involved and that someone helped her take him from his school.
Young said during the news conference that she hopes a reward of money damages "will make it impossible for Terri to move on with her life."
Terri Horman and her lawyer have not responded to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday.
12 looked over the complaint with family law attorney Drew Bobzien, of
Bobzien McGuire, who isn't connected to the case, but described Young's
attorney as a skilled litigator with success in past high profile cases.
"There's going to be no rock unturned," said Bobzien. "They're using the
civil realm to shake the tree and to use the power of subpoena and
power of discovery that attorneys have to get information."
And while Terri Horman has refused to speak in the past and can also
plead the fifth in the civil case, attorney Elden Rosenthal indicated
during the news conference he's not concerned if that happens.
"We will still prove the case," said Rosenthal.
"There are certain discovery procedures that they cannot stop,"
explained Bobzien. "They can subpoena her phone records; they can
subpoena other documents, ATM records, other things that might give
information about what happened."
As for how the civil suit could affect the criminal case, Rosenthal told
FOX 12, "We'll leave that up to the District Attorney's Office to
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office confirmed it was aware
the suit was being filed, but provided no further comment.
Young's lawsuit alleges the following:
"On June 4, 2010, Terri Horman took her 7-year-old stepson, Kyron Horman, from her home to Skyline Elementary School, located in Multnomah County. Although Terri Horman and Kyron Horman were seen together at Skyline Elementary School, Kyron disappeared from Skyline Elementary School on June 4, and has not been seen again. Desiree Young, Kyron's mother, brings this claim against Terri Horman, asserting that Terri Horman is responsible for the disappearance of Kyron. Young claims that Terri Horman intentionally interfered with her parental rights, and that Terri Horman intentionally inflicted severe emotional distress. Young seeks the return of her son, and seeks compensatory damages."
The lawsuit goes on to accuse Terri Horman of knowing whether Kyron is alive or dead, and that she knows his whereabouts or the location of his remains.
Monday marks two years since Kyron Horman disappeared.
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