For those worried that the Alabama 5-year-old named Ethan is suffering unbearable anguish over his week-long ordeal in a bunker with an alleged mad man named Jimmy Lee Dykes; worry no more.
On Tues., Feb. 5, 2013 the FBI agent handling the case was happy to inform the public that Ethan was taking to a hospital as soon as he was freed from the bunker and that "he is doing fine." FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Richardson also reported that the young boy forced off a Dale County school bus in Midland is doing what most boys are doing.
"He's laughing, playing, joking and eating," Richardson reported.
And while Ethan may take a while to recover from the shock of the ordeal, including possibly seeing suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes dead, he is likely to also enjoy the attention he receives from his family, friends, classmates and loved ones now.
He's also sure to garner some high-profile interviews with top reporters at news programs on television, which could net him some future money for counseling if he needs it. And Louis Krouse, a psychiatrist at Chicago's Rush Medical Center told CNN that "it's very hard to tell how he's going to do," so Ethan might end up needing such help. But she also says "he might get right back into his routine and do absolutely fine."
CBS News reported that authorities told them Ethan was reunited with his mother and appeared to be OK, despite the fact that he had been threatened in the bunker, which is what motivated law enforcement to finally make their move.
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