Cops Pass Toys, Meds to 6-Year-Old Alabama Hostage
Suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes dodged court date in another shooting
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2013 3:33 AM CST
Police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators are gathered at standoff and hostage scene in Dale County near Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)

(Newser) – The man suspected of holding a 6-year-old hostage in his Alabama bunker was due in court yesterday in a separate case: Jimmy Lee Dykes allegedly shot at his neighbors in a December property feud. A standoff between police and Dykes continues, with Dykes reportedly in the bunker with the boy. The lines of communication are open, and authorities "have no reason to believe that the child has been harmed," the Dale County sheriff said last night.

Officers are speaking with the suspect through PVC piping coming out of the bunker, CNN reports. They have passed coloring books, crayons, and medicine to the boy, who reportedly has Asperger's syndrome and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. A neighbor said that the suspect was able to capture the boy because he had fainted. In the earlier feud, Dykes reportedly started yelling at his neighbors, then shooting at their truck after it damaged a speed bump he'd installed.

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Jan 31, 2013 11:03 PM CST
What would possess someone to shoot a short-bus driver?!
Jan 31, 2013 1:22 PM CST
How long can you stay in a bunker with an ADHD kid, without going nuts?
Jan 31, 2013 12:20 PM CST
Has anyone heard from Luciano? I'm concerned about him. I think he might be in that bunker. Let us know your OK Lucy? We disagree, but we still love ya.