The Alabama standoff has ended on its seventh day with the abductor Jimmy Lee Dykes dead and the five-year-old boy safely back with his family. After the weeklong Alabama standoff between 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes and the police, negotiations deteriorated to the point where police believed that the boy was in imminent danger.
San Diego’s 10News reports on Feb. 4, 2013, that “Law enforcement officials in Midland, Ala., say a 5-year-old has been safely released after a weeklong standoff between police and the boy's abductor.”
At a news conference on Monday afternoon, Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile, Ala., said that Jimmy Lee Dykes had been seen holding a gun and that officials feared that the five-year-old boy’s life was in danger. At this point, an FBI team stormed Jimmy Lee Dykes' bunker and rescued the five-year old boy.
Steve Richardson commented that the five-year-old boy who had been held hostage in Jimmy Lee Dykes' bunker during the Alabama standoff appears physically unharmed and is being treated at a local hospital in Midland, Ala. Since the five-year-old has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, food and medicine had been sent during the past six days into the bunker.
In regard to Jimmy Lee Dykes, Steve Richardson said that “the subject is deceased.” No further information was provided by Steve Richardson on how Jimmy Lee Dykes died.