Accused Cleveland kidnapping dad wants to see son

This undated photo provided by Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office shows Bobby Hernandez. Hernandez is charged with tampering with records in Ohio to get a driver's license and that police say he'll face abduction charges in Alabama. Authorities say Julian Hernandez was 5 when his mother reported him missing, and he's now 18. They say he had apparently been living in Ohio under an assumed name with his father, Bobby Hernandez. (Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office via AP)
This undated photo provided by Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office shows Bobby Hernandez. (Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office via AP)

CLEVELAND (AP) – A defense attorney wants a court to let a jailed Cleveland man have contact with the son he’s accused of kidnapping from Alabama in 2002.

The attorney has asked a county judge in Cleveland to modify a no-contact order so Bobby Hernandez can speak with or see his now-18-year-old son.

Prosecutors allege Hernandez took the 5-year-old boy from his mother’s home in the Birmingham area and created a life for them in Ohio under new identities. The ruse fell apart when discrepancies with the teenager’s Social Security number arose as he began the college application process.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping and forgery.

Attorney Ralph DeFranco says the teen and Hernandez are close and were in touch after Hernandez’s November arrest, before the no-contact order was issued.

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