• Mon, Feb 4 2013

Ethan Is Safe And That Creepy Kidnapper Is Dead

shutterstock_15195676The 5-year-old boy held in an underground bunker has been released and his kidnapper is dead.  Initial reports are still streaming in but I’m sure so many of you have a huge sense of relief now knowing that the little “Love Bug” is going to be sleeping safe and sound in his own bed tonight. I can’t even begin to fathom what this rescue mission was like for authorities. They didn’t know what weapons the gunman had, they didn’t know if the bunker was wired with explosives, if the kidnapper would harm the victim. I can’t imagine how stressful this whole situation was for everyone involved.  If I can take a moment to quote the amazingly great Albert Brooks:

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From Fox News: 

A law enforcement source says initial reports indicate that a five-year-old boy who was being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama for nearly a week has been released.

Authorities say 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes shot and killed a bus driver last week in Midland City and then abducted the boy.

Dykes is now dead, the source says, but the boy is in stable condition. An ambulance was seen leaving the area of the bunker.

The FBI said in a statement Sunday that authorities were having open lines of communication with Dykes. The little boy requested Cheez-Its and a red Hot Wheels car, both of which were delivered to the bunker, a separate statement said. Authorities had said they also delivered  medicine and other comfort items, and that Dykes was made the child as comfortable as possible.

Cheez-its and a Hot Wheels car! Oh man, how adorable and sad and touching is that? The poor little guy. I am so happy about this news. I can’t imagine the joy and relief his parents must be feeling. Reports are saying that little Ethan has a birthday coming up so he will be home safe in time to be with his family. It has been a tense week where we have all been hoping that this little boy is okay and that he would be released and able to return home. I will update with any new information we receive but in the meantime, please join me in a huge sigh of relief. Little Ethan is safe.

(Photo:  Andy Dean Photography/shutterstock)

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  • http://willtherebecake.wordpress.com/ Liz

    Best news I’ve read all day!

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      ME TOO! I am so happy sheesh, that was awful! It’s still awful because of the death of the bus driver but at least Ethan is safe

  • Peppercorn

    I’m so happy Ethan is safe. I agree, it is the best new’s I’ve heard all day. This case just goes to show how much our country needs to focus on mental health care… while I can’t at all condone the kidnapper’s actions, he was probably more than just some “creepy” guy. I’m sure he had some serious mental health issues.

    • meg

      My thoughts precisely. I’m thrilled Ethan is safe, but I’m sad when I consider what would drive someone to do this. It is not the action of a sound mind.

  • Andrea

    GOOD! Rot in hell you monster. I’m sure they have plenty of guns over there. You can practice shooting your own ass for all eternity sick bastard

    • meg

      Compassion much?

    • Andrea

      ZERO. I have ZERO compassion for sick bastards that mess with children. He should have been committed a looooooooong time ago. This is just the worst he has done: he also shot at children, terrorized his neighbors with his stupid gun, and he KILLED a dog by beating it to death. Compassion MY ASS.

    • Peppercorn

      But there must have been something dreadful in his life in order for him to get to a state where he would do those things. Imagine what it would take for you yourself to get into a place, mentally, where you could justify these horrendous crimes. It would have to be something either incredibly traumatic or something chemically, biologically wrong in the brain, like schizophrenia or some other mental illness characterized by extreme paranoia. So yes, maybe she should have been “committed”, as you say… so why wasn’t he? What prevented the people around him from helping get treatment? Everyone deserves compassion.

    • Andrea

      No, I don’t think so. I am SO sick and tired of the whole “mental illness” crap. I grew up being painfully aware of mental illnesses (no I won’t go into details). Whatever disorder he had, there is NO excuse for what he did. I don’t care what he had, he had ZERO right to beat a dog to death, terrorize children with guns and kidnap and innocent child. Screw him. Not everyone deserves compassion.

    • Peppercorn

      I disagree and I’m sad you feel that way but I don’t want to argue about this anymore. Maybe some day you’ll change your mind. Have a nice evening.

    • boots

      so you’re basically saying that severe mental illness that precludes an individual from even living in the same reality as you is ‘crap’. if he had a nest of tumours in his brain that made it impossible for him to think straight, would you have more compassion for a physically ill man? this individual fell between the cracks of a woefully underfunded and understaffed mental health system – yes, he should have been committed. he’s obviously not living in the same reality as most of society – but in a system that has so few resources, he was just one of the many that get left out. most simply end up homeless, dead and forgotten, but some end up committing terrible acts which draws light upon their case. compassion for an individual is never wrong when they are sick, whether physically or mentally.

  • CrazyFor Kate

    Glad he’s safe – thank God the kidnapper didn’t try to harm him. I hope that the heroic bus driver will never be forgotten.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevenstora Tora Hayes

    Thank God Ethan is safe & sound at home with his family. I hope he has a very Happy Birthday with his family & get’s a bunch of Hot Wheel’s. I prayed every night for Ethan to be returned home safely , & now he is. Thank you God , & God Bless Ethan & his family… Happy Birthday Ethan <3