NewsCovering Kern County


Woman accused of abducting children pleads no contest to willful cruelty

Posted at 4:19 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 19:20:23-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to court records, Zachiah Pratt who was accused of abducting her two children in December 2018 pleaded no contest to a felony charge of willful cruelty to a child.

Charges including child stealing, contempt of court as well as two counts of willful cruelty to a child were dismissed on Monday.

Pratt is scheduled to be sentenced in June for the willful cruelty charge.

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office Child Abduction Unit stated in December that they were notified by the Kern County Sheriff's Office that the children were found and that their mother, Zachiah Pratt, was arrested earlier in the day. Pratt went to the Bakersfield City Fire Station attempting to surrender the children, according to KCSO. This is when both BPD and KCSO responded to the scene and Pratt was arrested.

Pratt was accused of abducting Zerenity and Anthony Coleman on November 10 and officials said she did not have custodial rights.