An abducted child will be returned to Connecticut after suffering minor injuries in a four-vehicle crash in Benner Township on Interstate 99, but her mother — the victim of homicide early Friday — will not be waiting for her.
Aylin Sofia Hernandez, 6, was abducted by her father Oscar Hernandez at about 2 a.m. Friday in Bridgeport, Conn., state police said.
The abduction occurred after Hernandez allegedly stabbed Nidia Gonzalez, Aylin’s mother, to death, police told the Connecticut Post. The multistate saga ended about nine hours later in Centre County.
Philipsburg state Trp. Grube spotted Hernandez’s vehicle, a 2017 Hyundai Sonata rental car, at about 11 a.m. in Centre County. Hernandez, 39, pulled over for a traffic stop near the Toftrees exit, refused to get out of his vehicle and then led police on a high-speed pursuit that ended when Hernandez’s vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer near I-99’s Shiloh Road exit. Two state police cruisers, due to a chain reaction, were also involved in the crash.
Police have not determined how fast Hernandez’s vehicle was traveling at the time of the crash but an affidavit of probable cause indicated the pursuit reached 125 mph before slowing near Shiloh Road.
Hernandez, who was deported in 2013, was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for his injuries. He was released from the hospital later Friday, taken in for questioning and was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Thomas Jordan via video about 11 p.m. Friday. Bail covering a range of charges in Connecticut and Pennsylvania was set at a combined $1.25 million, Jordan said after the arraignment, and Hernandez was booked at the Centre County Correctional Facility.
The charges against Hernandez in Pennsylvania included eluding a police officer and child endangerment.
Aylin and two state troopers suffered minor injuries. She will physically be OK, according to Bridgeport police.
“We are all absolutely relieved that after this horrible tragedy that resulted in the death of a young mother in Bridgeport, her 6-year-old daughter was not harmed and is being held safely in custody,” said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said in a release.
The abduction triggered Amber Alerts for Aylin in multiple states, including Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.
Bridgeport police told the Connecticut Post that the stabbing of Gonzalez was due to domestic violence. Another woman, who police have not publicly identified, was also stabbed. She is in stable condition and expected to survive.
Police found “a lot of alcohol and blood ... it was a horrible, horrible scene, just awful that people suffered that way,” according to what Bridgeport Police Chief A.J Perez told the Connecticut Post.
Gonzalez was Hernandez’s girlfriend. He was waiting for her in their home after she went out with a friend for a night of drinking, according to the Connecticut Post. The newspaper also reported that Hernandez has a history of domestic violence — a restraining order was issued against him for an ex-girlfriend when he lived in Stamford, Conn.
Aylin was relinquished to Children and Youth Services, and the agency will return her to Connecticut.
Jeremy Hartley contributed to this story.