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Father to Remain in Union Co. Jail After Son's Fatal Fall from Van
MARYSVILLE (Ken Hines) -- A father who allegedly left the scene of an accident that claimed the life of his young son will remain behind bars.
On Monday, A Union County judge refused to reduce the half-million dollar bail amount set for Natividad Hernandez, who was allegedly behind the wheel of a van on December 26 when his 4-year-old son, Angel, fell from the vehicle. The van struck the boy after he fell, causing fatal injuries.
Dash-cam video from a Union County deputy's cruiser shows that Hernandez remained at the accident scene while his son was loaded into an ambulance. Hernandez drove away approximately two minutes after the departure of the ambulance, which was driven by the deputy who first responded to the report of the accident.
No emergency responders are visible in the dash-cam footage when Hernandez leaves the accident scene.
"I think there was a lot of confusion," Hernandez's lawyer, Scott Culbert said. "We can't blame the deputy for doing what he did. I think, at that point, the most important thing was the health and well-being of that child."
The defendant's lawyer claims his client drove home after the deputy removed his son from the accident scene, then traveled to Dublin Methodist Hospital after learning that was where the boy had been transported.
Hernandez allegedly admitted through a translator that the accident occurred as he drove away from a construction site after attempting to steal scrap metal on Brock Road. He is currently facing a charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Angel Hernandez was not wearing any child restraints when he fell from the van, according to investigators.
Prosecutors believe Natividad Hernandez is living in the U.S. illegally. Immigration officials are now involved in the case.