Lawmaker: Ala. child held in bunker got medicine

PHILLIP RAWLS Associated Press Published:

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama legislator says a 6-year-old boy who is being held hostage has been able to receive medicine and watch TV.

State Rep. Steve Clouse said Wednesday he met with authorities and visited the family of the boy.

The boy's captor is accused of intercepting a school bus on his rural road Tuesday and fatally shooting the driver before taking the boy.

Clouse described the standoff as a "static situation" and "a waiting game."

Authorities told him that the bunker on the suspect's property has electricity, food and a TV.

Neighbors have identified the man who lives on the property as a paranoid and combative retired truck driver named Jimmy Lee Dykes.