Lawyer: Boy taken by dad in 2002 has visited mom in Alabama

Bobby Hernandez, right, listens to defense attorney Ralph DeFranco in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court before pleading not guilty to kidnapping and other charges on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Cleveland. Authorities allege Hernandez took his 5-year-old son from an Alabama home in 2002 and created a life for them in Ohio under new identities, a ruse discovered through discrepancies with the boy's Social Security number as he began the college application process. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

CLEVELAND (AP) — 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.

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.

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