Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says the now 6-year-old child was watching "SpongeBob SquarePants," and chowing down on a turkey sandwich after he was rescued on Tuesday according to a Fox News report. A birthday cake is in order for the lad today, however, in light of his marking another year with his family.
His mother said that "for the first time in almost a week, I woke up this morning to the most beautiful sight...my sweet boy."
His grandmother acknowledged that "we know he's OK physically," but Betty Jean Ransbottom told the Associated Press on Tuesday that she's worried about how he will be later, in the long run, and that the family doesn't "know how he is mentally."
Officials say there appears to have not been any harm done to the child, and if Ethan is laughing, playing, and eating like one FBI agent stated on Tuesday, then it is highly likely he will be relishing the telling of how SWAT stormed the bunker and took him away from the bad guy when he goes back to school.
The family will celebrate Ethan's birthday today, but Fox News reports that officials in the town want to celebrate the child's sixth birthday too, but they aren't sure when they will do it. And they plan to remember the slain bus driver when they do, as Charles Albert Poland, Jr. heroically took a bullet to keep at least one other boy from the ordeal Ethan faced a week ago.
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