Alabama boy, 'Ethan', still held hostage by Jimmy Lee Dykes in mult-day standoff

10:26 AM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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Students and family leave the scene of the school bus shooting in Midland City, Ala., Jan. 29, 2013.


Midcity, AL -- Swat teams have surrounded the property of 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, the man who stopped a school bus, shot and killed the driver, and took a five-year-old boy hostage, dragging him back to a bunker at his home.  

Police made contact with Dykes through a PVC pipe that extends into the bunker. He did allow officers to pass down coloring books and medicine for the boy, identified only as Ethan, who reportedly suffers from Asperger's syndrome and attention-deficit disorder, but negotiations ended after that.

Virgil Skipper, Mayor of Midcity, Alabama outside Dothan says the community has been saying prayers for the boy and hoping he will emerge from the bunker unharmed.

"The boy has some disabilities, and I know he has been crying for his mom and grandmother, but why this man wont release this child is hard for me to understand," said Skipper.

But there is another concern as the standoff moves into its third day

Temperatures are going down into the 20's. 

Police are not sure how Dykes is keeping the bunker warm or if the heat available is enough to keep him and the boy from freezing.  

Hostage negotiators say they will stay near the bunker and talk to Dykes about the boy's health, hoping to wear him down.

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