The 5-year-old boy who was held hostage in Alabama is freed and his kidnapper is dead. The little boy who was held in an underground bunker for almost a week is in “stable condition,” law enforcement officials report according to Fox News on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
Last week the child was taken off a school bus after the kidnapper killed the bus driver. The bus driver died trying to protect the children from the kidnapper, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes. Sunday authorities reported that they had an open line of communication with Dykes, who at that time still refused to release the boy.
Dykes did allow medication and some of the child’s favorite food and toys to be passed down to the bunker. The boy requested things like Cheez-Its and a red Hot Wheels car to play with. Authorities report that Dykes “made the child as comfortable as possible in the bunker.
While authorities report “Dykes is now dead,” there is no information on how Dykes died. An ambulance was seen leaving the property where the bunker is this afternoon. Dykes neighbors reported that he once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe. He was also known to patrol his property at night with a flashlight and a gun.
He would had threaten to shoot the neighborhood kids if they came onto his property. It sounds as if Dykes wasn't the best of neighbors and he was also a man that was estranged from his family. The neighbors described him as a "loner."