Cloquet Man Charged with Kidnapping Son Appears in Court

By KBJR News 1

April 12, 2012 Updated Apr 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Cloquet man accused of kidnapping his 7 year old son made his first appearance in court today for his arraignment after being treated at St. Luke's for self inflicted wounds to his neck.

42 year old James Nordrum Jr. appeared before court behind glass in secured area of the courtroom in what Assistant County Attorney Jessica Smith described as very emotionally charged. As a safety precaution, six officers were stationed in the courtroom, however there were no incidents during the arraignment.

Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Jessica Smith asked for bail to be set at $150,000. Smith also asked that Nordrum not have any contact with his estranged wife Candice Nordrum in person, through a third party or through mail and/or electronic means.

Smith told Judge Sally Tarnowski that Nordrum could be a potential risk to public safety and there is a risk of him fleeing because of the prison sentence he could face if convicted.

Smith also said that Nordrum has a history of being suicidal.

According to Smith, the real success of the case was the fact that Wyatt was returned safely and unharmed to his mother.

Back on March 28th, Nordrum Jr. allegedly abducted his son Wyatt after he was supposed to return the 7 year old to the St. Louis County Courthouse for a motion hearing regarding Nordrum's pending divorce trial.

Nordrum and his son were missing for almost two weeks when authorities found the two in a cabin on Lost Lake in the area of Stoney Brook Township early in the morning on April 8th.

James Nordrum Jr. was found with self inflicted stab wounds to his neck. Nordrum's son was found unharmed.

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