UPDATE 3/28/16: Bobby Hernandez, the man accused of taking his 5-year-old son from Alabama 13 years ago and moving to Ohio, pleaded guilty on Monday to multiple charges. Hernandez pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping, 10 counts of tampering with records, and two counts of interference with custody. According to CBS News, Hernandez's attorney is asking that his client receive the minimum prison term when he's sentenced in April.
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On Aug. 28, 2002 in Vestavia Hills, Ala. 5-year-old Julian Hernandez was reported missing by his mother. Ever since then Vestavia Hills Police have been following leads to find Hernandez, who police thought was kidnapped by his father and non-custodial parent, Bobby Hernandez. After 13 years, Julian who is now 18 years old and had no idea he had been kidnapped, just turned up in Ohio all because he was trying to apply to college.
According to Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls, Julian discovered his Social Security number didn’t match his name when he was filling out applications. With the help of a school guidance counselor, the two found out Julian was listed in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database.
Julian’s father Bobby has since been arrested in Cleveland and is in jail. A Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office representative said he’s been jailed for faking information given to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and for altering records. He may also be facing an interference of custody charge in Alabama, where authorities are trying to extradite him to.
Julian’s mother is “ecstatic” about his return home and through a representative released this statement: