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Lynn man whose son vanished back in court

Judge to decide soon whether to dismiss charges

SALEM – An Essex County Superior Court judge said he will decide by Nov. 20 whether to dismiss charges against a former Lynn meatpacker who has been declared incompetent to stand trial in the 2008 disappearance of his son.

Ernesto L. Gonzalez Jr., 41, has been in jail or a secure mental hospital for five years, since his 5-year-old son Giovanni disappeared after a weekend visit in Lynn.

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