Hearing will be waived for father in kidnapping case
CLEVELAND – The attorney representing a man, accused of kidnapping his son 13 years ago, says a hearing scheduled for Thursday will be waived.
Atty. Ralph DeFranco says he does not believe there is a reason to have a preliminary hearing for Bobby Hernadez at this time. He says he expects the grand jury to hear the case soon.
Hernandez is accused of kidnapping his son, Julian, from Alabama when the boy was 5. His son is now 18.
DeFranco says the 18-year-old is doing well. He said Julian was trying to apply to college and was having problems with his social security number. When he asked a school guidance counselor for help she discovered he was missing.
Bobby Hernadez is still being held in jail on a $250,000 bond. He is also facing a charge in Alabama.
Both Julian and his mother have released statements asking for privacy.
The Vestavia Hills Police Department in Alabama worked with the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force in Cleveland, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Birmingham Division of the FBI.