Mom of missing boy and boyfriend in court for dangerousness hearing

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FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP/MyFoxBoston.com) - A Massachusetts mother and her boyfriend appeared in Fitchburg District Court Tuesday morning as police and relatives continue searching for the woman's 5-year-old son.

Elsa Oliver of Fitchburg is charged with reckless endangerment of a child and being an accessory after the fact. Her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a child. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Sierra was held without bail and Oliver's bail was set at $100,000 cash.

Oliver's attorney says she doesn't seem to understand what's happening and he can't get useful information from her.

"I just hope that sooner or later somebody speaks, somebody says something and we can find Jeremiah and bring him home; whether it's alive or having to do what we have to do," Jeremiah's family member Irma Gonzalez said.

Oliver's son, Jeremiah, was last seen by relatives in September and is feared dead. Authorities learned about the boy's disappearance only recently.