Alabama Hostage Crisis Ends With Dead Kidnapper

The child is alive and appears unharmed, officials say.

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2. After seven days, the 65-year-old man who kidnapped a 5-year-old boy after killing a bus driver in Midland City, Alabama, has reportedly died. CBS broke the news first.

BREAKING NEWS: A U.S. official says Alabama hostage situation is over: kidnapped child is alive, kidnapper is dead— CBS News

Over the last 24 hours, negotiations with suspected kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes “deteriorated,” officials said Monday, and he was seen with a gun. Around 3 p.m., officials stormed the bunker and rescued the boy. He was immediately taken to the hospital for an examination, though he reportedly appeared unharmed. It’s still unclear how exactly Dykes died.

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