Missing Connecticut girl, 6, safe after pursuit, crash in Pennsylvania

Aylin Sophia Hernandez (submitted)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) – A missing 6-year-old Connecticut girl is safe and her father – suspected in the killing of the girl’s mother – is in custody after a police chase and crash in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Police at crash scene involving Oscar Hernandez. (Photo: WTAJ)
Pennsylvania State Police at crash scene involving Oscar Hernandez. (Photo: WTAJ)

Police in several states were looking for Oscar and Aylin Sophia Hernandez when a Pennsylvania trooper spotted their 2017 Hyundai Sonata Friday morning on Interstate 99 in Centre County.

The trooper attempted a stop, but Hernandez refused to pull over and led several troopers on a high-speed pursuit before crashing into a tractor-trailer, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Aylin sustained minor injuries.

Her father was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Two state police vehicles were involved in the crash. The troopers were not seriously hurt.

Police expected Interstate 99 to be closed for several hours.

Oscar Hernandez (submitted)

Connecticut television station WTNH reports Aylin’s mother was found stabbed to death early Friday after police were called to her home in Bridgeport.

A female friend of the mother was also stabbed multiple times and was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. She is expected to survive.

Bridgeport police said Hernandez was at the apartment when Aylin’s mother and her friend returned. They said the apartment was filled with alcohol bottles.

Hernandez had been dating his daughter’s mother, police said.

It is not known why he fled to Pennsylvania.

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