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Sheriff says Dykes "taking care" of five-year-old Ethan

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Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson updated the media on the hostage standoff on Saturday, February 2, 2013. (abc3340.com) Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson updated the media on the hostage standoff on Saturday, February 2, 2013. (abc3340.com)
MIDLAND CITY - AL -

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says lines of constant communication have been open between police and accused kidnapper, Jimmy Lee Dykes

According to Olson, Dykes has said he has electric heaters and blankets inside the bunker, which he and five-year-old Ethan have been in since Tuesday afternoon.

Dykes allegedly shot a local bus driver, killing him, before grabbing the boy off the school bus and placing him in the bunker.

Complete coverage of the Midland City shooting and hostage standoff

Dykes has also agreed to let coloring books, crayons, medicine and toys into the bunker for the child, who is believed to have some form of Autism.

"I want to thank him for taking care of our child," Olson said. "That's very important."

Olson would not comment on if Dykes has made any requests.

The next news conference is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

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