Connecticut police worked Saturday to secure the return of a man they say fled the state with his 6-year-old daughter after killing the girl’s mother.
Oscar Hernandez was taken into custody Friday in Benner Township after a high-speed chase and crash on Interstate 99. His daughter, Aylin Sofia Hernandez, suffered minor injuries in the crash, authorities said.
Rowena White, a spokeswoman for the Bridgeport police, said it wasn’t clear when Hernandez would be returned to Connecticut. She said investigators were working with Pennsylvania authorities on the matter. Hernandez was being held by the Pennsylvania state police as a fugitive from justice and also faces charges in that state.
According to the criminal complaint, Magisterial District Judge Thomas Jordan set bail late Friday night at $1.25 million.
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The charges against Hernandez in Pennsylvania include child endangerment, eluding police and a series of traffic offenses. Jordan said it could take up to 90 days for extradition.
Hernandez is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility.
The Hartford Courant reports investigators in Bridgeport have obtained a warrant charging Hernandez with murder.
Meanwhile, White said Bridgeport officers were also investigating details surrounding his immigration status.
Federal immigration officials said Hernandez had been deported Nov. 27, 2013. A citizen of El Salvador, he has prior felony convictions including assault and threat. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had placed a detainer on him.
Bridgeport police issued an arrest warrant for Hernandez after the girl could not be found Friday morning when officers went to her Bridgeport home and discovered her mother, Nadia Gonzalez, fatally stabbed. Another woman in the home also was stabbed. Police said she’s expected to survive.
Friday’s incident prompted an Amber Alert across multiple states.
Hernandez’s capture in Centre County came days after Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued an executive order instructing police chiefs not to take action solely to enforce federal immigration laws. The Democratic governor said the federal government cannot mandate states to investigate or enforce actions that have no connection to the enforcement of state laws.
Asked about the Hernandez case Saturday, Malloy spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly told The Associated Press that “convicted violent felons are detained for deportation under our state laws that the governor has consistently and strongly supported.”
Malloy issued the order in response to the crackdown by Republican President Donald Trump and his administration on immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Trump’s chief spokesman, Sean Spicer, called Malloy’s order “concerning” and “troubling.”
At the time, Donnelly said the U.S. Constitution provides clear guidance on states’ rights. She said Spicer and the Trump administration “would benefit from a Civics 101 refresher.”