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February 5th, 2013
06:28 AM ET

Ala. child safe after weeklong hostage standoff – Victor Blackwell reports


Midland City, Alabama (CNN) - At least Ethan is safe.

That is the sentiment many were expressing in Midland City, Alabama, and beyond. But what comes next for this little boy about to turn six could be complicated.

Last Tuesday, police said, Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded a Dale County school bus and demanded the driver hand over two children. The driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., refused, blocking access to the bus's narrow aisle as at least 21 children escaped out of the back emergency door, authorities said.

The gunman killed Poland, then grabbed the kindergartner before barricading himself and the boy inside a nearby bunker he had built on his southeast Alabama land. In the ensuing days, officials said little about what was going on in the bunker or in their strategy, or what - if anything - Dykes wanted.

It became very difficult to deal with or even communicate with Dykes over the past day, Olson said. Also Dykes was observed holding a gun. Believing the child to be in imminent danger, an FBI team entered the bunker at 3:12 p.m. CT (4:12 p.m. ET) and rescued the boy.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Victor Blackwell reports on the latest in Ethan's recovery.

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