Greeley man who left baby with stranger as he ran from police sentenced

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GREELEY, Colo. — A man who left his infant son with a stranger as he fled from police last month was sentenced to 360 days in jail Monday.

Alvin Padilla, 40, pleaded guilty to violation of a protection order in the July 29 incident. He also pleaded guilty to three earlier charges including forgery, introduction of contraband and third degree assault of his son’s mother. All told, Padilla will serve 30 months in prison, with part of the sentence served concurrently. 

The incident involving Padilla’s son began on July 29 with an argument between Padilla and the child’s mother, police said. Padilla apparently struck the woman, 22-year-old Audriana Lopez-Barnhart, grabbed his son and fled in his car.

Lopez-Barnhart followed Padilla until he eventually parked the car in central Greeley, removed the child and fled the area on foot, according to a police report.

Padilla then dropped the baby off with a stranger in the 1900 block of 12th Avenue, telling the woman police police were after him.

Officers arrested Padilla when he returned hours later to retrieve the child. The baby, said to be between four and eight months old, was examined at a local hospital and was released to his mother in good health.