Dad who gave infant to stranger in custody fight with estranged girlfriend sentenced to jail

Alvin Padilla will serve sentences concurrently

GREELEY, Colo - The father who gave his infant son to a stranger on the street was sentenced Monday to 360 days in jail for two misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

That is on top of the 30-month prison sentence for two unrelated felony charges --  forgery and attempt to introduce first-degree contraband.

Alvin Padilla, 40, will serve the sentences concurrently.

Padilla has pleaded guilty to assault, violating a protection order, attempted introduction of contraband and check forgery. He was sentenced to the felony charges on Friday and sentenced to the misdemeanor charges on Monday.

On July 29, Padilla surprised his estranged girlfriend as she was parking her car at a relative's home. The couple's 5-month-old son was inside the vehicle.

After an argument over who would retain custody of the baby, Padilla slapped the woman in the face and pulled the baby from the car, police said.

Padilla took the child to Greeley, where he approached a woman he did not know and asked her to take the baby because he was running from the law, police said. When the woman refused, Padilla "forced (the baby) upon her" and took off, according to the arrest affidavit.

He returned to the woman's home later that night to pick up his son and was arrested by Greeley police, according to police and court records. In the meantime, police had made a public plea for help identifying the child, who was later returned to his mother.

The couple had recently separated after a three-year relationship and Padilla's ex-girlfriend had obtained a protection order prohibiting Padilla from contacting, assaulting, threatening or harassing her.

Padilla has a seven-page state arrest history, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. It includes arrests for burglary, drug charges and a guilty plea for domestic violence.

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