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Mom: Alabama kidnapping victim still recovering

  • Dr. Phil interviews the kidnapping victim for the first time
  • Ethan is suffering from post-traumatic stress symptoms
Mom: Alabama kidnapping victim still recovering

Dr. Phil interviewed the victim of the Alabama kidnapping incident, Ethan Gilman, and his mother, Jennifer Kirkland, on Wednesday evening. This is the first time the boy has spoken publicly since the event took place.

On January 29, Ethan was kidnapped from his school bus by 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, who shot the bus driver before imprisoning himself and Ethan in a bunker that he had built on his own property. They were in the bunker for nearly a week before Ethan was rescued on February 4. After many stressful days of communicating with Dykes through a pipe, the FBI decided to make a move. They say that Dykes' mental state deteriorated over the last few days of the situation and that the boy was "in imminent danger."

Ethan's mother confirmed that Ethan saw his kidnapper being shot. She says that Ethan told her that "the Army came in and shot the bad man."

Jennifer Kirkland disclosed a few other details of the ordeal, including that Dykes prepared food for Ethan when they were in the bunker together.

Kirkland said that Ethan is still having trouble sleeping and that she worries he will be afraid of school buses for the rest of his life after the incident.


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