NBC News: Alabama Hostage Situation Over; Kidnapper Dead, Boy Rescued

NBC News: Alabama Hostage Situation Over; Kidnapper Dead, Boy Rescued

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM EDT

According to a report from NBC News, the weeklong hostage situation in Alabama is over, and a 5-year-old boy has been rescued, while his kidnapper is dead.

According to the NBC News report:

A 5-year-old boy held captive for seven days in an underground bunker in southern Alabama is alive and his kidnapper is dead, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Monday afternoon.

Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old man described by his neighbors as a paranoid survivalist, grabbed the boy from a school bus last Tuesday afternoon.

Dykes had boarded the bus and demanded that the bus driver, Charles Poland, 66, turn over two young children. When Poland refused, Dykes then fatally shot him and took the 5-year-old boy named Ethan.

Dykes, a decorated Vietnam veteran, then took Ethan to an underground bunker that neighbors had seen him digging. The bunker is believed to be roughly 8 by 6 feet and to be stocked with supplies. The bunker has a ventilation pipe that authorities have used to deliver items. Authorities have not discussed a motive for the kidnapping.

Read the entire NBC News report HERE.

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