Father of Ohio boy taken from mother in 2002 to be sentenced

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who authorities say took his 5-year-old son from his mother in Alabama nearly 14 years ago is scheduled to be sentenced in Cleveland.

Fifty-three-year-old Bobby Hernandez, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty last month to charges that included kidnapping, interference of custody, tampering with records and forgery. Hernandez’s attorney has said he hopes the judge will consider how well Hernandez cared for his son, Julian, over the years and sentence him to probation on Wednesday.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said after Hernandez’s plea hearing that a lengthy sentence would be appropriate because Hernandez deprived the boy of a relationship with his mother.