Boyfriend Held Without Bail In Mass. Missing Boy Case

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A judge has ordered a Massachusetts man held without bail in the case of his girlfriend's missing 5-year-old son.

The attorney for Alberto Sierra of Fitchburg did not contest a request by prosecutors 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, was last seen by relatives in September and is feared dead. Authorities learned about the boy's disappearance only recently.

Oliver and Sierra have both pleaded not guilty.

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