Northland boy, missing nearly 2 weeks, found safe; father hospitalized
A missing Brookston boy and his father have been found. Wyatt Nordrum, 7, and his father, James Leon Nordrum Jr., 41, were found in a rural cabin in St. Louis County's Stoney Brook Township late Saturday night with the help of tips from the publi...
A missing Brookston boy and his father have been found.
Wyatt Nordrum, 7, and his father, James Leon Nordrum Jr., 41, were found in a rural cabin in St. Louis County's Stoney Brook Township late Saturday night with the help of tips from the public, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.
Wyatt Nordrum had been missing since March 27 after allegedly being kidnapped by his father, who is embroiled in a custody battle with Wyatt's mother, Candice Nordrum of Fort Frances, Ontario.
Nordrum Jr. is in intensive care and stable condition after surgery at St. Luke's hospital in Duluth. He sustained self-inflicted injuries to his neck, according to the sheriff's report.
Terri Port Wright, an attorney who is representing Nordrum Jr., said Wyatt has been reunited with his mother. She said the boy was not injured.
"He was safe the whole time," Port Wright told the News Tribune.
Port Wright said she didn't know how law enforcement agents were able to locate the Nordrums.
She said it was her understanding that Nordrum Jr. injured himself when he learned that he was about to be caught. She said she does not know how he hurt himself, but said it was not with a firearm.
The activity involved with the arrest of Nordrum Jr. and recovery of the Wyatt Nordrum woke Bob and Joann Anderson, who live nearby, about midnight.
"Our dog is in the basement for the night. He started barking and barking and barking," Bob Anderson told the News Tribune this afternoon.
Anderson looked out of the couple's house and saw a van belonging to a first responder parked in his driveway. Anderson went outside and saw "eight or 10 cars in the field with flashing lights."
Anderson saw a man with a flashlight approaching and asked the man to identify himself. The man turned out to be a Carlton County deputy sheriff who told Anderson that Nordrum Jr. and his son had been found in a cabin nearby. Anderson said that the deputy said Nordrum Jr. "tried to commit suicide. He tried to cut his own throat."
The couple said that they had not seen anyone at the cabin recently, but noted that they can't see the cabin directly from their place. They said they have no idea why Nordrum Jr. would be near their property. Joann Anderson said, "We had never seen him or his son."
The father was taken into custody, and the son was recovered at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Nordrum Jr. was arrested, facing initial charges of kidnapping and deprivation of parental rights, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, which said additional charges could be filed, pending further investigation.
The Fond du Lac and Cloquet police departments, Carlton County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Anoka County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also assisted in locating the Nordrums.
News Tribune staff writer Steve Kuchera contributed to this report.