Suspect Holding 5-Year-Old Hostage Thanked by Authorities for Treating Boy Well (VIDEO)

sheriffJimmy Lee Dykes, the 65-year-old Vietnam vet suspected of shooting a school bus driver then taking a 5-year-old hostage and keeping him in an underground bunker, has been thanked by Alabama authorities. Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson spoke to reporters yesterday and expressed his gratitude for the way Dykes is treating Ethan, his young captive with Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD. Today marks the sixth day of negotiations.

The lines of communication between FBI officials and Dykes have remained open, but nevertheless, details on the situation are still scarce.

All we know so far is that authorities are "pleased" with the way Dykes is caring for Ethan, but truly, who knows if the compliment is a ploy to boost the hostage-taker's ego and/or a mind game which plays to the suspect's state of mind. It's believed Dykes has access to the media coverage surrounding his situation -- perhaps police are trying to appeal to the mad man's inflated sense of self.

That said, Dykes is, in fact, treating Ethan well, considering the circumstances. Through a tube, Dykes has allowed authorities to funnel Ethan his medication, some coloring books, toys and even potato chips. The bunker, five feet underground, is allegedly heated and contains blankets.

Residents of Midland City, Alabama have gathered to host a vigil in Ethan's honor to show their support for the family -- Ethan's mother, understandably, is hanging on by a thread.

Tomorrow will be the seventh day of the stand-off between officials and the "anti-government" man with a child in a bunker. But even after a week, we still don't know very much about Dykes' motives or what he wants.

What everyone else wants, though, is a safe Ethan back in the arms of his family.

What are your thoughts on this horrifying story? 

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nonmember avatar Nicole

"Who knows if this is a ploy to boost his ego?" Seriously. Saying that could cost the little boy's life as it has been confirmed Dyke is watching the media. Shame on you!

abra819 abra819

Oh my god nicole, that was my first thought too.

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

Exactly what I was going to say! No common sense I swear!!

.LoVe... .LoVeMyBuG.

I was surprised by that statement too! "Thank you"??? Really? He shot and killed an innocent man and kidnapped this little boy, holding him hostage... I wouldn't call that "taking care of him" let alone a reason to THANK HIM. Though I am sure there is a reason behind it, maybe the police see it as a way to keep the boy alive? Though I don't know what good thanking him will do. Regardless though I hope they get that poor little boy out alive and unharmed (physically anyway, I'm sure he is already traumatized!) My thoughts are with him and his poor parents, I can't even imagine. 

tuffy... tuffymama

His poor mother. I have shed tears and been shaken to the core by this, and I don't even know that sweet baby. I just pray and pray for Ethan and his family.

nonmember avatar Gretta

I just feel soooo bad for his mother.

merma... mermaid13dragon

I feel so sad for his mother... I am waking up at 3 am worried about the little boy & I don't even know him, the mom must be very strong to not be losing it & bawling crying hysterically on TV ....begging for her little boy back..

Wheep... Wheepingchree

I just couldn't imagine. So heartbreaking.

nonmember avatar Christie

I'm all for free speech but I wish the media was responsible enough not to stuff like this during a situation, they know they have TV down there, probably internet too, this child's life is at risk still!

Julie... Julienikki06

that poor mother and little boy

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