A man who allegedly kidnapped his infant daughter after a domestic dispute in Antioch earlier Monday was expected to face only misdemeanor charges, a police lieutenant said Friday.
Police said Antioch resident Joshua Elijah Benton, 23, was released from jail on Thursday, three days after he allegedly took his 11-month-old daughter Justice Alasheia Benton from the child's mother.
He was facing mere misdemeanor charges Friday in connection with the alleged kidnapping because victims in the case had not been cooperative with the investigation, according to Antioch police Lt. Diane Aguinaga.
Police were first alerted to the kidnapping after receiving reports of gunshots near Rainier and Sunset lanes around 10:20 a.m. Monday.
Officers arriving on the scene learned that Benton had allegedly taken his daughter and fired a shot in the air as he was leaving.
The baby was found safe around 2 p.m. Monday after Benton was spotted near his Antioch home. He then fled from police but turned himself in about four hours later, police said.
He was arrested on suspicion of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse, child cruelty, negligent discharge of a firearm and depriving a legal guardian of a child, authorities said.
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