CLEVELAND — The attorney for a Cleveland man accused of kidnapping his son in 2002 and creating a life for them under new identities says the now-18-year-old recently reconnected with his mother in Alabama.
Attorney Ralph DeFranco says the boy who disappeared from the Birmingham area when he was 5 traveled to Alabama to visit his mother over Thanksgiving.
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The mother has declined to comment through her attorney.
The boy's father, Bobby Hernandez, pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, forgery and other charges Tuesday in Cleveland. He's in custody on $250,000 bond.
DeFranco says Hernandez is a good father who looked out for his son. He says they'll seek a lower bond and eventually talk with prosecutors about a possible plea deal.