Boy, 5, Has Tearful Reunion With Mom After Kidnapper Shot Dead

Tue, February 5, 2013 7:31am EDT by 4 Comments
Alabama Hostage Survivor
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Ethan, 5, is laughing and talking as he’s reunited with his mother during a cautionary overnight stay at the hospital. The FBI shot dead the survivalist captor who held the boy hostage in his Alabama bunker on Feb. 4.

The five-year-old boy held hostage in an underground bunker for a week has been reunited with his mother! Ethan, spent his first night of freedom in the hospital, where he’s being held for observation, but he’s playing, eating, laughing and joking around with his favorite toy dinosaur.

Sheriff Wally Olson said, “[Ethan is] a very special child who’s endured a lot and by the grace of God he’s okay. It is a relief to reunite a mother with her child.”

Ethan’s reunion with his mother took place at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama, where Ethan was taken following his rescue. He arrived sitting up in a stretcher — a good sign that he was not physically harmed in this horrible ordeal.

Steve Richardson, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the agency’s Mobile, Alabama Office said, “I have been to the hospital and he’s doing fine. He’s laughing, joking, eating..doing the things you would expect a normal five or six year old to do.”

Ethan Is Held Hostage By Alabama Survivalist

Unfortunately, the last few days of Ethan’s life have been anything but pleasant. After being held hostage by Jimmy Lee Dykes for a week, the FBI thought little Ethan was in immediate danger, so they entered the underground bunker at 3:12 Central time on Feb. 4 to retrieve him. Thankfully, he was found unharmed.

Jimmy, the Alabama survivalist was shot dead and Ethan, his hostage, is now safely returned to his mom. We’re so happy.

How do YOU feel, HollyMoms? Our thoughts are with Ethan and his family at this time.

— Chris Rogers

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