UPDATE: Boy in stable condition, $3.5 million bond for Smith - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

UPDATE: Boy in stable condition, $3.5 million bond for Smith

Posted: Updated:
James Harold Smith. Image source: Hancock County Sheriff's Department. James Harold Smith. Image source: Hancock County Sheriff's Department.
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

An 8-year-old boy whose throat was slashed is now in stable condition at USA Medical Center in Mobile. Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam released that information Thursday morning along with more details of the bizarre kidnapping and attack on two children Wednesday.

James Harold Smith, 41, is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, sexual battery on a child and resisting arrest. Smith's bond was set at $3.5 million dollars Thursday morning.

Authorities say Smith kidnapped the boys, ages 5 and 8, from Pearl River County where they had been left in the care a woman engaged to the children's father. Investigators identified Smith as a distant relative of the woman.

Investigators revealed Thursday the children's father was released from jail recently, but how that may be connected to the incident is unclear.

Smith has an extensive criminal record according to Sheriff Adam and was on house arrest for racketeering violations in Mississippi. Smith was supposed to be on an ankle monitor, which had been removed, according to Adam. Investigators found the monitor during their search for Smith.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:27:58 GMT
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
  • Fishermen say impacts still linger from BP oil spill

    Fishermen say impacts still linger from BP oil spill

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:52:06 GMT
    Against a backdrop of shrimp boats, Vietnamese fishermen held message boards, along with pictures of dead dolphins, turtles and tar balls. Four years later, the impact of the oil spill remains.More >>
    Against a back drop of shrimp boats, Vietnamese fishermen held signs with pictures of dead dolphins and sea turtles this morning. They were at the fishing dock on Biloxi Back Bay to join advocacy groups in a news conference talking about the impacts of the BP oil spill four years later.More >>
  • Affidavit: Diary detailed cop's relationship with teen

    Affidavit: Diary detailed cop's relationship with teen

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-10 10:53:05 GMT
    A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.More >>
    WLOX News has uncovered new details about what led investigators to arrest a Long Beach Police officer for three counts of sexual battery involving a minor. A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.