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Man deemed incompetent to stand trial in son’s disappearance

SALEM — The father of a Boston boy missing since 2008 was declared incompetent Thursday to stand trial in the child’s disappearance, raising the possibility that charges will be dismissed because he has already been in jail for years.

In a 10-minute hearing, Judge Timothy Feeley declared Ernesto L. Gonzalez Jr. incompetent to stand trial on charges of parental kidnapping and misleading investigators, as well as a separate assault and battery case, because of a debilitating mental illness.

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