Suspect's father: 'All I care about' is Jayme's family

Suspect's father: 'All I care about' is Jayme's family
This Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 photo shows Jayme Closs, right, with her aunt, Jennifer Smith in Barron, Wis. Jake Thomas Patterson, a 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a baffling scheme to kidnap Jayme Closs, their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months before she narrowly managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said. (Jennifer Smith via AP)

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The father of a Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and killing her parents says he cares about the girl’s family.

CNN reports that 21-year-old Jake Patterson’s father, Patrick Patterson, visited the Barron County Justice Center on Tuesday saying he wanted to pass a note to Jayme Closs’ family.

Patterson’s son, Jake, is charged with abducting the girl after killing her parents in October, just days after he first spotted her getting on a school bus near her home.

CNN reports Patrick Patterson was on the verge of tears and said he couldn’t talk. He did say: “All I care about right now is Jayme’s family.”

Jayme’s grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he appreciates the gesture. Naiberg says “you can’t blame the parents” for what their children do.