And talk about down in alabama. Little ethan is safe. Rescued by the fbi. He was having a great time last night. Surrounded by his toys. It's been a harrowing week for little ethan. It all ended with... See More
And talk about down in alabama. Little ethan is safe. Rescued by the fbi. He was having a great time last night. Surrounded by his toys. It's been a harrowing week for little ethan. It all ended with the fbi raiding that underground bunker to free him from the man who held him captive. Police were watching every moment on that little camera. They only went in when they thought the 5-year-old was in imminent danger. Abc's gio benitez has the latest from midland city, alabama. Reporter: So often, we're telling stories that have truly But this day is different. This story is about a little boy's rescue. Overnight, 5-year-old ethan, seen here in a photo obtained exclusively by abc news, was evaluated at a nearby hospital. He arrived sitting up on a stretcher. And this morning, his family tells abc news, he is in good spirits and appears unharmed. Even playing with his toy dinosaur. Ethan, he is doing fine. He's laughing, joking, playing, eating. Reporter: The fbi says, after a week-long standoff, it finally made the call monday to raid the homemade, underground bunker, where 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes was holding the child hostage. Sources tell abc news, the decision came after agents inserted a small camera inside the bunker to monitor dykes' movements. Mr. Dykes was holding a gun. Fbi agents, fearing the child was in imminentdanger, entered the bunker and rescued the child. Reporter: In a matter of minute, just after 3:00 p.M., agents used an explosive charge to blow open the entrance. They killed dykes, before taking the boy to a nearby hospitaly ambulance. Abc news has learned in the course of a week-long standoff, the fbi had created this mock bunker near the site. And had been using it to train for different scenarios to get the boy out. Monday's raid was not the ending police had thought. They spent days negotiating with the decorated vietnam veteran, through a ventilation shaft. When the talks finally broke down, police say they had no other choice but to catch dykes by surprise. Incredibly, ethan's mother had asked police days ago, not to kill dykes. She put her hand on the officer's heart and said, sir, don't hurt him. He's sick. Reporter: You know, friends and family tell us that little ethan is a boy that loves to be hugged. And you can bet, he's getting those hugs today. Thanks, gio.
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