A Minneapolis man accused of stabbing the mother of his child Monday and taking off with the toddler, triggering an Amber Alert, has been charged with felony assault.
“Herlsey” Hershel Hulbert, 26, is charged with second- and third-degree assault in connection with the incident. He remains jailed in lieu of $120,000 bail and is expected to make his first appearance Thursday afternoon.
According to the charges:
Police were called shortly before 6 a.m. to the home in the 3000 block of Clinton Avenue S. because a man was assaulting a woman there.
When police arrived, the woman had injuries to her face and had been stabbed in the leg. She told police Hulbert came to her apartment and accused her of cheating on him, and it escalated to him assaulting her while their 2-year-old son watched, the charges said.
Hulbert left with the child and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension later issued an Amber Alert asking for the public’s help in locating the missing toddler, beaming the vehicle’s make and model to thousands of cellphones across the metro. The alert was also broadcast on the radio and on billboards.
The manhunt ended three hours later when investigators tracked Hulbert to a relative’s home, about 1½ miles south of the apartment, according to police. The boy also was found safe at the house.
The Hennepin County attorney’s office is filing a motion to ask for a longer sentence than recommended by the state sentencing guidelines if Hulbert is convicted.
To get the longer sentence, prosecutors would have to prove aggravating circumstances, in this case that the child witnessed a violent assault of his mother.
Hulbert’s relationship and child care duties still are under investigation, and other charges could be added.