Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6

More is being learned about Monday's rescue of that little boy in Midland City, Ala.

Let's first pause, though, to note that today is Ethan's sixth birthday — and hope that he can enjoy it. As AL.com writes, "memories of what happened will no doubt live with him his whole life." Fortunately, experts say "children are resilient and through therapy and support from his community, his family, and his school, the traumatic effects can be lessened with time."

Ethan (like other news outlets, NPR is not reporting his last name to help preserve some of the family's privacy), was on his school bus with other children on Jan. 29 when a gunman shot the driver dead, snatched the boy and took him to an underground bunker where he was held captive for nearly a week.

According to The Associated Press, kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes "rigged the bunker with explosives, tried to reinforce it against any raid, and when SWAT agents stormed the shelter Monday to rescue the boy ... [he] engaged in a firefight," FBI and officials said.

Ethan, the wire service adds, "has Asperger's syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [but] was said to be acting like a normal kid after his rescue. Officials said there was no indication that Dykes had harmed the boy. [Ethan] was running around, playing with a toy dinosaur and other action figures, eating a turkey sandwich and watching SpongeBob SquarePants [on Tuesday], relatives and Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said."

The Napier Field (Ala.) Police Department has been collecting cards for Ethan. The address:

Ethan

NFPD

400 Headquarters St.

Napier Field, Ala. 36303

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Patton Oswalt Tweets In Defense Of Comedy — And Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been criticized for some tweets that critics say are sexist and anti-Semitic. Among his supporters is Oswalt, who took to Twitter to make his point.
NPR

Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures.
NPR

Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated.
WAMU 88.5

Uber Tweaks Airport Pickups To Create 'Virtual Queue'

Faced with rules that prevent its drivers from hanging out on airport property waiting for rides, Uber is tweaking its system for ride-hailing pick-ups at Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.