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Ala. Hostage Situation Continues

An Alabama man is still refusing to give up a 5-year-old boy he has been holding hostage since Tuesday, despite that SWAT teams positioned themselves around his residence during an all-night standoff Wednesday. The man, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, took the boy hostage Tuesday after killing the boy’s school-bus driver. Dykes’s neighbors said he once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe and has threatened to shoot children who come onto his property. He had been scheduled to appear in court Wednesday about allegedly shooting at his neighbors last month. Authorities have not given any information on the negotiations, and it remains unclear whether Dykes is making demands from his underground bunker.

January 31, 2013 7:24 AM