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Zachiah Pratt sentenced for abducting own children

Pratt sentenced to four years
Posted at 5:25 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 20:25:53-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The woman accused of abducting her own children was sentenced Tuesday in court to four years in prison. Zachiah Pratt received 360 days time served for good behavior.

According to court records, 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 back in may of this year. Charges including child stealing and contempt of court were dismissed last month.

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, Pratt, was arrested earlier in the day. She had gone to the Bakersfield City Fire Station attempting to surrender the children, according to Kern County Sheriff's Office. This is when both Bakersfield Police Department and KCSO responded to the scene and Pratt was arrested.

Pratt was accused of abducting both children on November 10, 2018 and officials said she did not have custodial rights