Minn. boy found safe, father hospitalized

April 8, 2012 at 10:28 PM
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BROOKSTON, Minn., April 8 (UPI) -- A 7-year-old Minnesota boy has been found safe, two weeks after his father allegedly kidnapped him in the midst of a custody fight, authorities say.

Wyatt Nordrum of Brookston, who had been missing since March 27, was found in a cabin in Stoney Brook Township, St. Louis County, about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. A county sheriff's department report stated his father, James Leon Nordrum Jr., 41, was in stable condition at a Duluth hospital with self-inflicted injuries to his neck, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

The boy was not hurt and was reunited with his mother, Candice Nordrum, who lives in Fort Frances, Ontario, an attorney representing the father told the newspaper.

James Nordum's lawyer, Terri Port Wright, said it was her understanding her client injured himself with something other than a gun when he realized authorities were about to apprehend him. She said she didn't know how authorities located the father and son.

The sheriff's department said James Nordrum was facing initial charges of kidnapping and deprivation of parental rights. Additional charges were possible.

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