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.