CLEVELAND – A man accused of taking his son from an Alabama home in 2002 and raising him in Ohio under a new identity is expected in court weeks before his scheduled trial on charges including kidnapping and forgery.
Fifty-three-year-old Bobby Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in Cleveland. County court records indicate his attorney has sought extra pretrial meetings for plea negotiations. The next pretrial is scheduled Monday.
Prosecutors allege Hernandez took the then-5-year-old boy from his mother’s home in the Birmingham area and built a life without the boy realizing he was on a national registry of missing children. The ruse fell apart last fall after discrepancies with the teenager’s Social Security number arose as he began the college application process.
The teen later reconnected with his mother in Alabama.