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Police: Alabama Boy Released From Hostage Situation Is "Doing Fine"

During a press conference about the end of the Alabama hostage standoff, Sheriff Wally Olson offered his condolences to the family of the bus driver who was killed and the community. He stressed that the case is still under investigation, which may take a number of days. The mother of the boy who was rescued today is in contact with her son. Olson would not give any details on how 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes was killed.

Police said over the last 24 hours, communication with the suspect had deteriorated and they were concerned for the safety of the child.

Steve Richardson from the FBI visited with the boy

, Ethan, who is currently receiving medical treatment but is said to be “doing fine.”

Richardson said he’s “laughing, joking, playing, eating, the things that you would expect a normal five or six-year-old young man to do. He’s very brave, he’s very lucky and the success story is that he is out safe and doing great.”

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