Hearing for Ohio dad who took Alabama son from mom in '02 canceled, Birmingham part of new survey

Nov 12, 2015

There is a new development in the case of an Alabama boy who was taken from his mother thirteen years ago.  APR’s Taylor Swinney has the latest…

Bobby Hernandez is being held on $250,000 bond. Prosecutors claim he abducted his own son thirteen years ago from his home in Vestavia Hills. A preliminary trial that was scheduled for today in Cleveland, Ohio has been cancelled.

Hernandez faces tampering charges in Ohio.

Prosecutors allege that Hernandez kidnapped Julian in 2002 when the boy was just five years old. Julian recognized that his social security number didn’t match his name when he applied to college.

That’s when Julian says he discovered he had been taken from his mother’s custody in Alabama.

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred has been hired to represent Julian’s mother. Julian is asking the press to respect his privacy as he sorts out his situation.

The aunt of a missing south Alabama teenager has been sentenced on sodomy and child sex abuse charges.

Mobile County Circuit Court records say Mendy Wood was sentenced today to 20 years on each charge. Her sentences will run consecutively.

Authorities say 19-year-old Brittney Wood was last seen in 2012 and is presumed dead. Authorities believe she was among the young victims of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused their own children and swapped them for sex for years.

The teen was last seen with her uncle Donnie Holland, who was found with a gunshot to the head and died in what was ruled a suicide days after Wood disappeared.

A new study says residents of several Alabama cities are having a hard time holding onto their money.

The new report from the on-line financial site WalletHub puts Birmingham among cities that are the worst in credit scores, saving, and earning money. Several other Alabama cities ranked in the bottom ten.

Jill Gonzalez is the spokeswoman for WalletHub. She says there are many factors that contribute to wallet wellness in a city…

“First we just looked at the median annual income adjusted by cost of living and Birmingham and the Mobile area it’s about thirty-two-thousand-dollars by year  that’s on the lower side, we saw upwards of eighty-thousand-dollars in some of these cities that performed a lot better.”

Mobile and Birmingham have ranked among the lowest in wallet wellness for the past two years. Gonzales says with Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season coming up, setting a budget can help keep consumers out of financial trouble.