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Woman accused of abducting son granted $50,000 bond

Leydibet Hernandez. 29, to be placed on house arrest upon release

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MIAMI – A woman who turned herself in to authorities Wednesday in South Florida after allegedly abducting her 20-month-old son appeared in bond court Thursday.

Leydibet Hernandez, 29, was ordered to be held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

If she bails out, she will be placed under house arrest and will have to surrender her passport.

Police said Hernandez and her biological son, Logan Hernandez, were found Sunday more than 1,500 miles from Miami in Laredo, Texas.

According to detectives, Hernandez lost custody of her son and had turned him temporarily over to her boyfriend's mother, Rebeca Rodriguez.

Police said Hernandez and the boy boarded a bus bound for Texas at 9 a.m. Saturday, and authorities in Texas pulled over the bus at a truck stop on Interstate 35.

Hernandez faces charges of interfering with custody. Rodriguez, Hernandez's boyfriend, Juan Pablo Mesa Jr., and the boy's grandmother, Lazara Ortiz, also face charges of interfering with custody and making a false report to police.

According to an arrest report, Mesa told detectives that his mother called him Sunday morning asking, "Where is Leydibet and the baby?"

Detectives said he claimed to have searched for them in the immediate area and then he and his mother called police to say that Hernandez took Logan from his crib.

According to the report, the group was aware that Leydibet had headed to Texas with her son the day before.

Logan was taken into the custody of Texas' Child Protective Services and is expected to be placed into foster care in South Florida by the Florida Department of Children and Families.


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