A kidnapped 5-year-old boy was finally reunited with his family after being held hostage in an underground bunker for nearly a week.
The 5-year-old was kidnapped last week, after suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes fatally shot a school bus driver and grabbed the child.
Authorities found and cornered Dykes in a homemade underground bunker in Midland City. For days, they spoke with Dykes though a plastic pipe that led into the bunker. They sent down food and medicine into the shelter, which had heat and running water, but no toilet.
After talks went sour and Dykes reportedly threatened the child, officials finally stormed the site, killing the 65-year-old and freeing the little boy.
“We have a big crime scene behind us to process,” explained tight-lipped FBI agent Steve Richardson. “I can’t talk about sources, techniques or methods that we used. But I can tell you the success story is (the boy) is safe.”
Despite the incomplete story of the rescue, the boy’s family is just happy that he is home safe.
“If I could, I would do cartwheels all the way down the road,” the boy’s great-aunt, Debra Cook said. “We’d all been walking around in a fog.”
The boy who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD, was cleared by the hospital and sent home with his family.
Last Sunday, a memorial service was held for the bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. who was hailed as a hero after protecting about two dozen children on the bus before Dykes killed him.
“This man was a true hero who was willing to give up his life so others might live,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement.