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Union Co. Judge Lowers Bail for Father of Boy Killed in Fall from Van

MARYSVILLE (Ken Hines) -- A Union County judge has lowered the bail amount for a father who fatally struck his young son with a van after the child fell from the vehicle.

The judge lowered bail for Natividad Hernandez to $100,000 Thursday morning, nearly three weeks after the amount was initially set at a half-million dollars following the December 26 death of Hernandez's 4-year-old son, Angel.

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 change in bail amount comes nearly a week after the Union County Grand Jury indicted Hernandez on six charges -- including aggravated vehicular homicide -- related to the boy's death.

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 vehicular homicide charge, Hernandez faces counts of involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, and forgery.
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