Adults Cited in Youth’s Death
Seventeen-year-old Clay Harding died on Nov. 23, 2014, after ingesting prescription drugs and alcohol at the Alameda home of Kathleen Perkins, 57, and her son Matt Arnstein.
Last Thursday Perkins and Arnstein were arraigned at Oakland’s Wiley Manuel Courthouse on 11 counts of child endangerment and two counts of obstructing a police investigation. The charges allege Harding’s death came after he mixed drugs and alcohol during a party at the Perkins-Arnstein residence.
Harding was born on May 12, 1997, in Oakland. He attended St. Joseph’s and Edison Elementary schools, Lincoln Middle School, St. Joseph Notre Dame and was a senior at Alameda High School when he died.
Neither Perkins nor Arnstein, who graduated from Alameda High School in 2014, were present in court for the arraignment. They are due back in court on Dec. 30.