CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Alabama mother who found out last week her kidnapped son is alive and well in Ohio released a statement for the first time through her attorney, Gloria Allred.
According to the statement, the mother, whose name hasn't been released, misses her son and looks forward to the day when they can be reunited.
I represent the mother of Julian Hernandez. Julian's mother alleges that he was taken from her care and from his home without her consent when Julian was 5 years old and that he has been missing ever since. Julian was recently located and his biological father is now in custody. Julian's father, Bobby Hernandez, is now charged with crimes in Ohio and Alabama.
This is a very emotionally tumultuous time for Julian's mother and her family. Under the circumstances she will not be making any statements at this time, and she requests that her privacy be respected. She loves and misses her son Julian and wants the very best for him. She looks forward to the day when they can be reunited. I am honored to represent her and to assist her as her spokesperson during this challenging time in her life. - Gloria Allred, attorney.
Julian Hernandez was reported missing by his mother in August 2002 from Vestavia Hills, a Birmingham suburb. He was 5-years-old.
The man accused of kidnapping Julian, his father Bobby Hernandez, will be in a Cuyahoga County courtroom on Nov. 12. Hernandez is being held on a $250,000 bond.
Bobby Hernandez's court-appointed lawyer, Ralph DeFranco, said his client is upset about the situation and is a "decent, nice, nice man."
Alabama police believed Julian was taken by his father 13 years ago, and that proved to be true last month when he started applying for colleges. Police said the boy found out about his real name because there was a problem with his Social Security number during the college application process. While helping Julian, a school counselor discovered he was listed as missing by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Julian released his own statement last week through the FBI saying that he has goals and just wants to be a normal 18-year-old.