The little boy who was taken hostage from a school bus in Alabama is spending his fifth day in the underground bunker built by his captor, Jimmy Lee Dykes, and it doesn't look like he's going to be freed any time soon. It's believed that Dykes, a retired truck driver and Vietnam veteran who's been described as a "survivalist," has supplies to last him at least a month in the bunker he has wired with explosives. Authorities have revealed very little regarding this nightmare situation, but they have said Dykes is taking care of the child.

I'm sure that's reassuring news for the parents, but not knowing when this horrendous ordeal will be over must be agonizing, which is why, according to those who've visited with them, they're "hanging on by a thread."

The most worrisome part about all this is that the little boy has Asperger's and ADHD, which according to experts, could make things even more difficult for him to understand. Thankfully, Dykes has allowed for his medication to be delivered via a plastic tube connecting the bunker to the outside world. Dykes has also told police that he has blankets and an electric heater in the bunker. 

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As a mom, I can't help but wonder what's going through the little boy's head. I don't care how "considerate" Dykes is being with him, I'm sure the kid is scared to death and all he wants is to be back home with his parents. 

Although it hasn't been confirmed, there have been allegations that Dykes has offered to swap the boy for a reporter who'd be willing to tell his story about how the "government screwed him." I can think of many reporters who'd love that opportunity, but I doubt the police will go for something like that. At this point, we can only hope that the hostage negotiators are able to convince Dykes to free the boy unharmed. Let's pray that this is how this nightmare situation is resolved.   

Image via Alabama Department of Public Safety

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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