Father, brother booked into jail after child abduction

Police say abduction occurred at Holland Drive, Payne Road

The 2-month-old boy taken from a mother in Pleasanton is safe after the father and uncle surrendered themselves to police around 11:20 a.m. yesterday.

The mother of one of the suspects allegedly called Pleasanton police upon hearing the Amber Alert to arrange the surrender of father Damiante Dunn, 18, and his brother, Kelandre Dunn, 20, at the Antioch Police Station. The men were brought to the Pleasanton Police Department this afternoon.

Diamante Dunn was booked at Santa Rita Jail this afternoon for domestic battery, violation of a domestic violence restraining order and child abduction. Kelandre Dunn was booked in Contra Costa County for outstanding arrest warrants, according to Pleasanton police.

Investigation into his role in the abduction continues and charges may be forthcoming, Sgt. Barry Mickleburgh said. He added that the baby has been placed in protective custody with Alameda County Child Protective Services.

The two men were said to have forcibly taken the infant from his 17-year-old mother around 4:45 a.m. this morning near Holland Drive and Payne Road.

Damiante Dunn had allegedly been calling the mother that evening and had threatened to take the baby away if she didn't tell him of her whereabouts. The girl told police she had just returned from a party with her baby and a female friend and when they arrived home the two suspects were waiting in front of the residence in a white 1988 Oldsmobile.

Police said Damiante Dunn pulled the mother out of the car while Kelandre Dunn punched the friend in the face, removed the baby from the car and handed him off to Damiante who then put the baby in the Oldsmobile.

Damiante Dunn is scheduled to be arraigned at 11 a.m. Friday in Department 701 of the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

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Posted by Michael Santos
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:05 am

I heard the amber alert this morning about the abduction of a 2 year old on Holland Drive. The amber alert, your article and three other articles I viewed online failed to list the ethnicity of the criminals. Since the police know the mother and the criminals, they must know if the suspects are white, black, hispanic, asian, middle eastern, etc. If the police really want the public's help give us a more complete description of the suspect. Seems like good old fashion police work to me. A child abduction is not the time to be politically correct.

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Posted by 2ME4U
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:28 am

Physical traits would help more than just ethnicity. Fat, bald, tall...But it would help to know names and looks if I was to see them.

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Posted by read between the lines
a resident of Civic Square
on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:34 am

"her baby, Davion Bryceon Dunn...
the father, 18-year-old Dimiante Dunn...
21-year-old Kalandre Dunn...
The mother, who is 19, and the other woman, who is 18...
1988 Oldsmobile with 22-inch rims...
They may have ties to Richmond..."
Context clues for those wanting to know race.

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Posted by Downtown
a resident of Old Towne
on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

Read between the lines...the point is be direct with the information. Give the public the important facts in the case so they can help the poilce do their job effectively.

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Posted by guest
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:43 am

You can read the alert bulletin here: Web Link

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Posted by that mom should be arrested too
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm

If she is coming home from a party at 4:00 am with her two month old baby social services should have been there to take the baby away. The father not knowing where his child is is also unfair, more so since he probably knew she was out partying.

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Posted by Shocked (not really)
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm

The girls and the 2-month old were returning from a party at 4:45am? Nice parenting. This poor child should probably be surrendered to people who can care for and protect him (or her). Crazy.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm

(Comment deemed inappropriate by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff) They both should be ashamed of themselves. Coming home at 4:00 am with a two month old baby. And him waiting. Ties to Richmond? Sounds like it. Who cares what color they are. They both did wrong. Thank goodness the baby is fine.

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Posted by KMC
a resident of Rosewood
on Aug 19, 2009 at 7:23 pm

She had the baby out till 4am at a party.....

The mother is 19 and the father is 18!

That's the moral to the story of babies having babies! They aren't mature enough to raise babies because they are so immature themselves. What do you expect?

We need more family parenting classes for free for these youngsters!!!

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

Mom coming home from partying with a 2 month old baby at 4:45 AM? Sounds like this woman isn't mature enough to be a mother. And the Dad? Also young and now in jail. Yes, we need more family parenting classes for young people. And I hope Child Protective Services places this baby with someone else!

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