ABC News: Alabama Hostage Situation Over; Kidnapper Dead, Boy Rescued

September 27, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT

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ABC News: Alabama Hostage Situation Over; Kidnapper Dead, Boy Rescued

September 27, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT

According to a report from ABC News, the weeklong hostage situation in Alabama is over, and a 5-year-old boy has been rescued, while his kidnapper is dead.

According to the ABC News report:

A week-long Alabama standoff in which a retired trucker held a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker has ended with the kidnapper dead and the child safe, according to law enforcement.

"FBI Agents safely recovered the child who's been held hostage for nearly a week," FBI Special Agent Steve Richardson said at a news conference.

The agent said negotiations with the suspect Richard Lee Dykes "deteriorated" in the past 24 hours.

"Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun. At this point the FBI agents fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child," Richardson said.

The boy identified only as Ethan "appears physically unharmed" and is being treated at a hospital, authorities said.

Read the ABC News report HERE.