5-Year-Old Hostage Safe, Gunman Dead & Moms Everywhere Breathe a Sigh of Relief (VIDEO)

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fbi hostage safeWe can all breathe a tremendous sigh of relief: The 5-year-old child held for seven days in an underground bunker by 65-year-old Vietnam vet Jimmy Lee Dykes has been rescued at last! According to details released at a news conference just moments ago, "negotiations began deteriorating" between Dykes (who was seen holding a gun) and officials over the past 24 hours. At approximately 3:21 p.m., "fearing for the child's life," FBI agents stormed the bunker and saved the boy, who is reportedly named Ethan. Ethan, who has Asperger's and ADHD, is thankfully said to be unharmed physically. Dykes, however, is dead. No word yet on whether he was killed by FBI agents or his own hand. Either way, those agents are true heroes -- as is the school bus driver who lost his life trying to protect Ethan.

Thanks to that selfless driver and those brave FBI agents, Ethan is alive! And, to the best of our knowledge, he isn't hurt (he's been taken to a local hospital). As a mom, I could cry with joy imagining the overwhelming gratitude his mother must be feeling after this week of utter hell.

We'll report back later on this story as details are released.

Are you surprised and relieved to hear about Ethan's dramatic rescue?

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Mamab... MamabearC

I am SO happy,relieved and grateful that this turned out so well in the end and that Ethan is safe! Kudos to law enforcement and FBI agents that stormed the bunker. What a fabulous news! HAPPY BIRTHDAY(this week),ETHAN!!! 

handy... handy0318

Praise the Lord...

kelti... kelticmom

Thank you God, and thank you to all the Alabama law enforcement who worked around the clock to bring this little boy safely into his mother's arms. 

merma... mermaid13dragon

so glad that little boy is safe and ALIEV !!!! His mother must be weeping with joy....

amiec... amiecanflie

I am so happy! I wish I could personally thank all the brave men and women who helped make sure this little boy got home saf.e 

missusmc missusmc

Hallelujah!  What wonderful news!

Mommi... MommietoJB

Great news!!!! Im so happy to hear this little boy was saved.

Katie Hesney Johnson

Fantastic news! I just hope this boy gets the help he needs from this ordeal. He's got a long road ahead of him but he can make it with the love and support of his family. 

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