Contra Costa DA’s stepson charged with kidnapping child in domestic violence case | #childabductors


RICHMOND — Six weeks after his arrest in a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend and her family, the stepson of Contra Costa County’s District Attorney has been charged with kidnapping, child abduction, felony battery and other offenses in a nine-count criminal complaint.

Ahkai Bernstine, 22, was charged with five felonies and four misdemeanors, all related to the Aug. 29 incident in unincorporated Richmond. The charging records — filed Tuesday by the California Attorney General’s office — allege  Bernstine abducted his own infant son and punched his girlfriend’s father in the face, “causing serious injury.” He is also charged with burglary for allegedly forcing entry into their home and with misdemeanor counts of resisting police.

The attorney general took over the charging decision after Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton recused her entire office from the matter, citing her familial connection to Bernstine, who was initially arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery. Bernstine posted bail within hours of his arrest, records show.

But in court records, Contra Costa County Sheriff investigators described the confrontation as much more serious than misdemeanor conduct. They allege Bernstine went to his girlfriend’s home after demanding to know her whereabouts, then locked himself in a bathroom with his infant son before trying to leave with the child. He allegedly punched his girlfriend’s dad in the face, causing him to lose consciousness and suffer a broken collar bone, police said.



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