- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A Hancock County grand jury will decide whether to indict a man accused of kidnapping two Pearl River County boys, sexually assaulting them and trying to kill the older one.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1dA4UOi ) James Harold Smith, 41, has waived his right Thursday to a preliminary hearing on charges from the Dec. 18 incident. The charges include attempted murder and assaults on the law enforcement officers who arrested him.

Smith is accused of taking two brothers, ages 5 and 8, from Pearl River County, where their father’s girlfriend was baby-sitting them.

Affidavits allege Smith held the boys at his camper, sexually assaulted the 5-year-old and tried to sexually assault the older boy. Smith cut the older boy’s throat, ear to ear, when the child tried to resist, and threw him in a hole in the woods, documents said.

Prosecutors said Investigators believe the younger child tried to run but Smith caught him, and while Smith was distracted by the younger child, the older one ran for help.

The first officer on the scene prevented Smith from fleeing with the younger child, Sheriff Ricky Adam said.

Adam said Smith was caught following a manhunt by numerous agencies. Court papers also allege Smith punched and kicked the arresting officers.

Smith has been under house arrest on probation for violating the state’s Racketeering and Organized Crimes Act. Since then, he has been sentenced to five years in prison for violating his probation.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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