Officials: Rescued boy is fine, playful

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama boy held for nearly a week in an underground bunker by a man who killed a bus driver is said to be playing, laughing and eating -- and doing the things a normal 5-year-old would.

That's according to an FBI official who visited the child after he was rescued by officers who stormed the bunker on Monday afternoon.

Officials are declining to release details about the raid, but say the decision to carry it out was made because negotiations with Jimmy Lee Dykes had deteriorated and that the child faced imminent danger. Dykes had been seen with a gun.

The crime scene is still being processed and officials won't say if Dykes was fatally shot by officers or took his life. They're also reluctant to explain how the raid was accomplished so that the techniques can be used in future standoffs. Neighbors say they heard a boom at about the time officials say the raid was staged.

Dykes was known by neighbors for his anti-government rants and for patrolling his property with a gun, ready to shoot trespassers.

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278-a-12-(Stephen Richardson, special agent in charge, FBI, Mobile, Alabama, division, at news conference)-"man to do"-Stephen Richardson, FBI special agent in charge of the Mobile, Alabama, division says the child is coping well, considering what he's been through. (4 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *278 (02/04/13)>> 00:12 "man to do"

279-a-07-(Stephen Richardson, special agent in charge, FBI, Mobile, Alabama, division, at news conference)-"and doing great."-Stephen Richardson, FBI special agent in charge of the Mobile, Alabama, division says the boy is laughing and enjoying being with his family again. (4 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *279 (02/04/13)>> 00:07 "and doing great."

280-a-09-(Stephen Richardson, special agent in charge, FBI, Mobile, Alabama, division, at news conference)-"of the child"-Stephen Richardson, FBI special agent in charge of the Mobile, Alabama, division says authorities rescued the boy after negotiations with the suspect went downhill. (4 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *280 (02/04/13)>> 00:09 "of the child"

266-a-02-(Kelly Arnold, neighbor, in AP interview)-"from that man"-Neighbor Kelly Arnold says she's relieved the boy is safe. (4 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *266 (02/04/13)>> 00:02 "from that man"

APPHOTO ALDOT102: Federal and local law enforcement officers gather at their trucks after the hostage crisis ended in Midland City, Ala., on Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2013. Officials say they stormed a bunker in Alabama to rescue a 5-year-old child being held hostage there after his abductor was seen with a gun. (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Jay Hare) (4 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO ALBIN305: Law enforcement personnel station themselves on the property of Jimmy Lee Sykes, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 in Midland City, Ala. Officials say they stormed a bunker in Alabama to rescue a 5-year-old child being held hostage there after Sykes, his abductor, was seen with a gun. (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer) (4 Feb 2013)

<<APPHOTO ALBIN305 (02/04/13)>>

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