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Hearing Delayed For Suspect In Bridgeport Slaying, Abduction

Oscar Hernandez
Oscar Hernandez Photo Credit: Contributed
Mayor Joe Ganim speaks with police officers Friday morning at the scene of an overnight murder and child abduction in Bridgeport.
Mayor Joe Ganim speaks with police officers Friday morning at the scene of an overnight murder and child abduction in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Mayor Joe Ganim and police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald speak in a press conference Friday on safe recovery of a missing 6-year-old girl and the arrest of her father, who is a suspect in the fatal stabbing of her mother.
Mayor Joe Ganim and police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald speak in a press conference Friday on safe recovery of a missing 6-year-old girl and the arrest of her father, who is a suspect in the fatal stabbing of her mother. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Nidia "Yubi" Gonzalez
Nidia "Yubi" Gonzalez Photo Credit: GoFundMe

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Bridgeport man accused of killing his girlfriend and abducting their 6-year-old daughter appeared in court in Pennsylvania Wednesday but the hearing was delayed, according to the Centre Daily Times.

Oscar Hernandez, 39, was arrested in Pennsylvania Friday after a crash following a police pursuit. Hernandez had been the subject of a manhunt after Nidia Gonzalez, the 26-year-old mother of Hernandez's daughter, was found dead at her Greenwood Avenue home in Bridgeport. She had suffered multiple stab wounds, police said.

Related: ICE: Man Accused Of Bridgeport Murder, Kidnapping Was Deported in 2013

Police quickly discovered that the couple's daughter, Aylin Sofia Hernandez, was missing and issued a multi-state Amber Alert. His car was spotted near State College, Pa. and police engaged in a pursuit, which eventually ended in a crash and Hernandez's arrest.

Hernandez was brought to court in Bellefonte, Pa. for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, where he is facing multiple charges, including fleeing, attempting to elude a police officer, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person, according to Centre Daily Times. The hearing was delayed due to the lack of a certified interpreter, the Centre Daily Times reported.

Hernandez had been deported to his native El Salvador in 2013 after an assault conviction after being convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend in Stamford, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He had prior felony convictions, and was removed from the United States by ICE officers on Nov. 27, 2013. It is unclear when or how Hernandez returned to the United States.

The family of Nidia Gonzalez has started a GoFundMe to try and raise money to bring her body back home to Guatemala . Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez has also pledged that the department will do whatever it can to help the couple's daughter.

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