Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The family of a Brookston, Minnesota man wanted for allegedly abducting his child is speaking out tonight on his behalf.
The family of James Leon Nordrum Junior met with reporters on the steps of the St. Louis County Court House.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a statewide crime alert on Tuesday involving Nordrum and his 7-year-old son Wyatt.
The alert went out after Nordrum failed to return his son to the St. Louis County Court as ordered.
Authorities claimed Nordrum suffered past mental health issues and has reportedly said that he would "hurt" his son if he lost custody of him.
Nordrum and Wyatt are still missing, but tonight their family members, weighed in on the BCA's reports surrounding the alleged abduction.
They say Nordrum is a loving father caught up in a heart wrenching custody battle.
"He would never harm his son," said Amy Hill, a family spokesperson." He is an excellent father. He is prone to discrimination due to society's lien toward families being more fit for full custody. We want both loved ones to come home in a safe and peaceful manner."
The search for Wyatt and his father began after authorities went to Nordrum's home in Brookston looking to locate the child per court order.
St. Louis County Officers reported the home was vacant and it appeared clothing was missing.
Nordrum's family say young Wyatt is in no danger and they say his father "never" made threats he would harm him. They claim the child's mother once fled to Canada with Wyatt in an attempt to circumvent the courts.
The initial alert from the BCA included the boy's grandfather.
Wednesday, authorities announced James Nordrum Sr. has been located.
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