The majority of #child #kidnappings are perpetrated individuals who are close to the child or in their #immediate #family, with stranger abductions accounting for approximately 14% of all child #abductions.
The kidnapping of #JaymeCloss in #October 2018 was one of these very rare cases. The young 13 year old girl was allegedly kidnapped by 21 year old #JamesPatterson. The first time he spotted the girl she was boarding her #school bus while he was on his way to work, while he had never encountered the child before it was in this moment that he made the decision to #target her for kidnapping.
He began to scout the home of the #Closs family following the sighting, abandoning earlier plans because there were too many people in the vicinity of the family home. He took a number of measures to avoid detection and ensure the #crime was #perpetrated perfectly, including shaving his head and altering his car so that it couldn’t be opened from the inside.
Despite this preparation the crime itself was in no way careful or subtle. #Patterson stormed the family home, and while Jayme and her mother sought refuge in their bathroom Patterson #murdered Jayme’s father, James Closs, with a shotgun. To add to the #callous nature of the crime once Patterson had gained entry to the bathroom he forced Jayme’s mother to bind the young girls arms and legs before she was #brutally murdered in front of her #daughter.
While Jayme successfully #escaped Patterson on the 10th of January 2019, she had spent 3 months held captive in a rural cabin, forced to hide beneath a bed for 12 hours a day with no water, food or access to a bathroom. When Jayme managed to escape she alerted a neighbour who contacted the #police, and when Patterson was initially approached by police he responded “I know what this is about, I did it". Patterson is currently in #custody and has been charged with the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and the killings of both her parents.