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Father Faces New Charges After Son's Fatal Fall from Van in Union Co.

MARYSVILLE (Ken Hines) -- A man faces new charges in connection with the death of his young son, who fell from a van and was struck by the vehicle while his father was behind the wheel.

The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Natividad Hernandez on six new charges -- including aggravated vehicular homicide -- related to the death of his 4-year-old son, Angel, on Brock Road on December 26.

Hernandez was driving away from a construction site when his son -- who was not secured with a child safety restraint -- fell out of his father's van and was fatally struck, according to investigators.

Hernandez allegedly admitted to investigators that he traveled to the construction site to steal scrap metal.

The 30-year-old was initially charged only with leaving the scene of an accident, but was ordered to be held in jail on a $500,000 bail amount. Authorities believe Natividad -- who allegedly gave three fake names to investigators -- poses a flight risk

Hernandez stayed by his son's side after he was injured, but drove away from the scene without speaking to authorities after the boy was loaded into an ambulance.

In addition to the charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene, Hernandez faces counts of involuntary manslaughter and forgery.
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