Missing Alabama boy found 13 years later in Ohio, father faces charges

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The original photo of Julian Hernandez is on the left. The one on the right is digitally enhanced.

The original photo of Julian Hernandez is on the left. The one on the right is digitally enhanced.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (Nov. 5, 2015) – A boy who disappeared 13 years ago in Alabama has been found in northwest Ohio.

Julian Hernandez was 5 years old when his father, Bobby Hernandez, failed to drop him off for preschool, according to WJW. The boy’s mother reported him missing. Police believed Bobby Hernandez, the boy’s non-custodial parent, took him.

Members of the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Vestavia Hill Police Department and the Birmingham Division of the FBI located the boy, who’s been missing since 2002 and is now 18 years old.

Bobby Hernandez

Bobby Hernandez

They arrested his father, who was charged in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County in connection with the case. Authorities in Alabama’s Jefferson County said he'll also face charges there stemming from the abduction.

Investigators said the boy’s mother has been notified.

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