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A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old has been safely released after a days-long standoff between police and the boy's abductor in Midland City, Ala.
The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said Monday that 65-year-old Jim Dykes, the man who abducted the boy from a school bus after fatally shooting the bus driver, is dead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the situation.
Dykes is accused of killing a school bus driver before escaping with the kindergartener almost a week ago.