‘‘It’s the people he’s grown up with. He feels he’s in a nice place. He’s been taken care of by them all his life, pretty much,’’ he said.
He said he’s eager to be reacquainted with his son and to tell him he loves him, although he said he can’t afford to go to Minnesota right now and doesn’t know his son’s phone number.
‘‘I don’t know him like everyone else knows their son, but that don’t stop the love,’’ he said.
He said he forgives his parents, but can’t understand why they never tried to get in touch with him or his older brother, Dallas, from whom Landers is estranged.
‘‘I have to forgive them. My faith won’t let me do anything else,’’ he said.
Landers said he doesn’t know whether his son would have been better off if he'd been raised by him or his former wife.
‘‘I really don’t know. I would have liked to have him here with me. However, I know that he was taken care of. So for me to sit and say he would have had a better life with me or a better life with the mom, I don’t know because after got divorced there’s that issue, too,’’ he said. ‘‘He would have had to go back and forth between parents.’’
Steve Karnowski in Minneapolis contributed to this report.