NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk woman has been accused of taking her teenage son across state lines to try to avoid prosecution on sexual assault charges, police said.
Her 17-year-old son is currently awaiting trial on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, according to judicial records. The case stems from an investigation that began in December involving two young victims, police said.
Due to the age of the suspect and the victims, police said they have not released the specific nature or details of the abuse. The state statute for first-degree assault includes intercourse with a person younger than 13 years old.
A Youth Bureau investigation officer filed for an arrest warrant for the suspect in late December, according to police reports. Officers were unable to make contact with him or his mother at their Norwalk home and eventually located him in New Jersey, police said. He was returned to Connecticut to face charges in early January, police said.
During the investigation, officers found evidence that Elizabeth Hernandez, 47, of Gregory Street had taken her son to New Jersey after learning of the investigation, police said. Investigators also believe that the two victims were under Hernandez’s care at the time of the abuse, according to police reports. Norwalk Police filed a warrant for her arrest, and she turned herself in to face charges Friday.
Hernandez was charged with hindering prosecution and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. She was released after posting $5,000 bond, and is due in court on March 18.