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Deputies Passed a Single Car en Route to Closs Home

It was allegedly Jake Patterson's car
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2019 11:44 AM CST
In this image made from a pool video by KSTP-TV, Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, who is accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months, makes his initial court appearance...   (KSTP-TV via AP, Pool)
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(Newser) – During Jake Patterson's arraignment on Monday, Jayme Closs' family sat on the prosecution's side in court. So too did Patterson's father, at least until he was asked by a deputy to move to the defense's side. CNN reports it tried to speak with Patrick Patterson Tuesday at the Barron County Justice Center in Wisconsin but he didn't say much. "I'm sorry, I can't talk," he repeated, with CNN describing him as "shaking with emotion." He said he was there for the sole purpose of delivering a letter to the Closs family. He did not disclose its contents but said, "All I care about right now is Jayme's family." Per a criminal complaint filed Monday, Patrick Patterson visited the home where his son allegedly held Jayme for 88 days on a number of occasions; police say she was forced to hide under a twin bed during those visits. More on the case:

  • The AP spoke with Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, who had kind words to say about Patrick Patterson. "You can't blame the parents. A guy becomes 21 years old, and sometimes it's not how he was raised or anything." He says Jayme will live permanently with her aunt, and that she has expressed a desire to return to school.
  • The AP pores over the 12-page criminal complaint and sees a clue in how prosecutors might make their case. The complaint goes into depth about Jayme's abduction and how she managed to flee, "without lingering on her time in captivity." Defense attorneys think the decision was a conscious one: It both spares Jayme some additional trauma, and may "send a signal to the defense" that the prosecution thinks it has so much evidence those details are unnecessary.

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