Courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeZachary James Sorrell

Courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeZachary James Sorrell

Arizona man pleads no contest to child abduction, firearms charges in San Mateo County

A man accused of abducting his baby son from his mother pleaded no contest to the charges Monday and faces eight months in County Jail, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Zachary James Sorrell, 27, of Arizona was in a relationship with the mother of his son from 2010 to 2012 when the victim ended the relationship. The woman then learned she was pregnant and she and Sorrell agreed to co-parent the child, who was born in February 2013 and named Kairos, Wagstaffe said.

In April 2013, Sorrell convinced the woman to move from Arizona to California to buy farmland, but they ended up at the woman's sister's house in San Mateo. In May, things soured between Sorrell and the woman and Sorrell warned the woman he did not want any court involvement or custody hearings, Wagstaffe said.

Sorrell offered the woman $2,000 to take Kairos to Israel for two months, but the woman was wary of the offer, especially after she checked his computer and found a browsing history that showed Sorrell researching articles on how to disappear and traveling with a newborn, Wagstaffe said.

She allowed Sorrell to have custody for one night while she went to the courthouse to get an emergency custody order. That's when Sorrell disappeared with Kairos.

The woman learned that Sorrell had gone back to Arizona and was living with his parents, Wagstaffe said. She contacted him and he again warned her not to get the authorities involved.

The woman worked with local authorities and law enforcement in Arizona, where Sorrell was arrested and the child was recovered. A search of his trailer revealed several illegal firearms and ammunition, Wagstaffe said, including an AK-47, Tec-9, rifle, pistol and thousands of rounds of ammuniton.

Sorrell pleaded no contest to the charges in exchange for no prison time and no more than eight months in County Jail, but Wagstaffe said that over prosecutors' objections.

Sorrell is currently out of custody on $300,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 10, Wagstaffe said.

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