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Boyfriend Ordered Held in Missing Boy Case

Missing BoyFITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Massachusetts man held without bail in the case of his girlfriend’s missing 5-year-old, who was last seen by relatives months ago.

The attorney for Alberto Sierra of Fitchburg did not contest prosecutors’ request to hold him based on dangerousness. Documents related to the case have been impounded and prosecutors did not elaborate.

The judge did say the boy’s mother, Elsa Oliver of Fitchburg, can be released if she can make $100,000 bail and meet other conditions, including wearing a monitoring bracelet. Her attorney says she doesn’t seem to understand what’s happening and he can’t get useful information from her.

Oliver’s son, Jeremiah, is feared dead. Relatives say they last saw him in September. Authorities learned about his disappearance only recently.

Oliver and Sierra have pleaded not guilty.