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Child Hostage: Face Of Alabama Kidnap Suspect
Police have issued a picture of Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man they say killed a school bus driver and abducted a five-year-old boy who he has been holding for four days.
Police say the 66-year-old has been keeping the child in an underground bunker since Tuesday's shooting that killed 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland.
Authorities have been speaking with Dykes through a ventilation pipe leading into the bunker on his rural Alabama property.
They say there are signs that the stand-off is far from over but have not revealed what their conversations with Dykes have been about.
The shelter has electricity, food and television, and police have delivered the boy's medication and colouring books through the pipe.
James Arrington, police chief of the neighbouring town of Pinckard, said the storm shelter was about 4ft underground with about 6ft-by-8ft of floor space.
"It's pretty small, but he's been known to stay in there eight days," he said. "He will have to give up sooner or later because (authorities) are not leaving."
Officials have confirmed the boy has Asperger's and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Police do not believe the boy has been harmed.
Republican lawmaker Steve Clouse, who represents the Midland City area, said he visited the boy's mother on Thursday and that she is "hanging on by a thread".
Dykes is known around the small town of around 2,300 people as a menacing figure.
He once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, they alleged, and threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property.
Police confirmed that the suspect holds anti-government views.
Dykes had been scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges he shot a gun at his neighbours in an argument last month about a speed bump.
Authorities say the gunman boarded a school bus on Tuesday afternoon and demanded two boys aged between six and eight.
When Mr Poland tried to block his way, the suspect shot him several times and took the five-year-old instead.
More details were emerging on Friday about the dead bus driver who is being hailed as a hero for trying to protect the children.
He was raised in small towns in the northern Idaho Panhandle and served in the US Army before becoming an auto mechanic.