Agence France-PresseFebruary 5, 2013 06:30
A 5-year-old boy held hostage in an underground Alabama bunker for almost a week was rescued Monday in a raid that left the kidnapper dead, authorities said.
The boy, who has been identified only as Ethan, was rushed to safety and is "doing fine," an FBI agent told reporters in Midland City, Alabama.
Agents said they feared the boy was in "imminent danger" after they saw the kidnapper, retired trucker Jimmy Lee Dykes, holding a gun.
Negotiations with the gunman deteriorated, according to FBI Special Agent Stephen Richardson.