ALABAMA STANDOFF OVER Boy Released Safely In Alabama Hostage Situation; Abductor Reported Dead
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 4, 2013 5:34 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 5, 2013 8:53 AM EST
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Midland City, Ala.
A law enforcement official said a 5-year-old has been safely released after a weeklong standoff in Alabama between police and the boy's abductor.
The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said Monday that Jim Dykes, the man who abducted the boy from a school bus after fatally shooting the bus driver, is dead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the situation.
It was not immediately clear how Dykes died.
Earlier Monday, officials had said they had been sending food and medicine to Dykes and the boy in the bunker.
The boy has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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