Child hostage in Alabama released without injury, freed in time for sixth birthday

Here’s some badly needed good news. The 5-year-old boy who was held hostage in an underground bunker in Midland City, Ala., is alive and well and free tonight. His captor,  65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, who murdered a school bus driver last week, was killed. A relatively happy ending to the seven-day standoff that captivated the nation lit up Twitter.

Many took the news as an opportunity to give thanks and offer prayers.

https://twitter.com/ricklance/status/298586970119077888

The hostage, known only as “Ethan,” was taken to a hospital for treatment but was said to be uninjured. He will celebrate his birthday on Wednesday.

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