A child hostage in Alabama has survived the ordeal and is now safe. The child had been held hostage for seven days now, but was rescued on Monday afternoon (Feb. 4) by authorities on the scene. According to a report, the child is being reported as "okay," while the suspected kidnapper (Jimmy Lee Dykes) is being confirmed as dead.
This story has been unfolding for about a week in Midland City, AL. It seemed at times like the negotiations between authorities and Dykes were not progressing, but this seems to be a positive scenario to wrap up the tense standoff. There are sure to be reports from the hospital where the 4-year-old boy was taken after he was rescued, but at this time there are only scattered reports about his condition.
This story all began when Jimmy Lee Dykes allegedly stepped on to a school bus and tried to take the boy. The bus driver refused to let that happen and he ended up getting shot by Dykes in the process. The name of the driver was confirmed as Charles Poland Jr., who has been hailed as a hero for protecting at least 21 other children that were on the bus at the time.
The end result here is that the child hostage in Alabama has now been freed from his captor and has probably already been reunited with his family.