Alabama Hostage Rescue: Ethan's Mother Talks to Dr. Phil

The mother of a boy held captive for a week describes her son's recovering.
2:08 | 02/12/13

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Transcript for Alabama Hostage Rescue: Ethan's Mother Talks to Dr. Phil
7:43, with that first interview with little ethan's mom, spe alabama bunker as a hostage. New details on how the captor treated him and how ethan is recovering right now. Abc's abbie boudreau has the story. Reporter: For the first time, little et and his mother, jennifer kirkland, are speaking out. Revealing new details about the six days in captivity, held in a bunker by jimmy lee dykes, the man who snatched the boy off a school bus after shooting the driver in cold blood. What happened in that bunker? We know, for example, that mr. Dykes did seem to have some empathy for the child. We do know that mr. Dykes fried him chicken in the bunker, to feed him and take care of him. Reporter: Dr. Phil visited ethan in alabama, just four days after the daring rescue. Has he volunteered anything about this? He has said a few things. And I know he is having a very hard time sleeping soundly. He swings his arms. Tosses and turns. And he's cried out a few times. Reporter: Dr. Phil says ethan hasn't been back to school yet. And even the sight of the school bus seems to agitate him. He has reported to really fixate on that. And the boy can't take his eyes off of it. Reporter: What does that tell you? That he associates that with something that was very traumatic for him. Reporter: The dr. Phil show says it plans to follow up with ethan a mother to provide support and resources. The dr. Phil foundation is making a financial contribution to help support ethan in the future. Do you think ethan had a grasp of what happened to him? From an adult perspective, no. But I think he understands it was a very violent act. I think it scared him greatly. Reporter: A frightening ordeal they hope some day will be a distant memory. For "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles.

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