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Boy freed after six-day of standoff in Alabama, kidnapper dead

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A violent man who held hostage of a 5-year-old boy on Tuesday in his underground bunker at Midland City, Ala. is dead and the boy was freed with no physical harm Monday, the New York Times reported.

Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, kidnapped a boy Tuesday afternoon from a school bus, killed the driver who refused to provide two boys between age 6 to 8 and kidnapped a boy into his homemade bunker on his property, Chicago Tribune reported.

During the standoff, officials passed toys, food and medication through a pipe Dykes made to easily observe trespassers, the New York Times reported.

"Within the past 24 hours, negotiations deteriorated and Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun," Stephen E. Richardson, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I.'s division in Mobile said and the F.B.I. agents broke into the bunker and rescued the boy concerning the boy's safety, according to the New York Times.

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said Dykes is trying to tell a complicated story from this kidnap, Chicago Tribune reported.

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