BAIL SET IN WISCONSIN ABDUCTION CASE
James E. Taylor, a 35 year old corrections officer and Little League baseball coach, is accused of abducting, sexually assaulting and attempting to kill an 8 year old girl. He surrendered to police and was extradited from Illinois. His wife, Colette, had called authorities to report her husband missing. She told officers she and Taylor had argued over his resemblance to a police sketch of the suspect in the attack and similarities between their car and the description of the vehicle the suspect was driving. It was the publicity surrounding the girl's abduction that pressured Taylor into surrendering. The girl was abducted July 17 from where she was playing near the Fond du Lac River. She told police that a man dragged her to his car, drove across town and sexually assaulted her in a field, where he left her bound with duct tape. The girl was able to chew through the tape and walk to a nearby house for help. Police also released a composite sketch of a second man on Wednesday that they say approached a boy outside a school July 11, telling the child his mother was sick. The boy ignored the man and told police there was another man inside the car. He picked Taylor out of a photo lineup. He is also a suspect in a July 10 child enticement incident. Two girls later picked Taylor out of a photo lineup as the man who approached them and another girl in a city park then the man left, saying he would be right back. The girls were picked up shortly after the man left. A judge set a $500,000 cash bail.
(Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)