Cops Pass Toys, Meds to 6-Year-Old Alabama Hostage

Suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes dodged court date in another shooting

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 31, 2013 3:33 AM CST

(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.

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.
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)
In this Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 photo, residents look over the school bus where a shooting occurred near Destiny Church along US 231, just north of Midland City, Ala. on Tuesday.
In this Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 photo, residents look over the school bus where a shooting occurred near Destiny Church along US 231, just north of Midland City, Ala. on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Danny Tindell)
Heavily armed men move away from the suspects home at the scene of a Dale County hostage scene in Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013.
Heavily armed men move away from the suspects home at the scene of a Dale County hostage scene in Midland City, Ala. on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)
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