Alabama hostage turns 6 Wednesday - CBS46 News

Alabama hostage turns 6 Wednesday

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MIDLAND CITY, AL (CBS46/AP) -

The Alabama boy at the center of a seven-day standoff turns 6 years old Wednesday.

The community of Midland City is coming together to wish Ethan a happy birthday with signs and ribbons around town, and people from across the country have been sending him cards and gifts. 

People in the community even set up a page to raise money to send Ethan and his family to Walt Disney World. Their goal was to raise $7,000, and they have already surpassed that.  If you would like to donate to Ethan and his family, click here.

When the boy is well enough to return to school, his principal has said that there will be a party to welcome him back and to celebrate his belated birthday.

Ethan is said to be doing well, eating and joking with his family members after being released from the hospital. He was not physically harmed during the standoff or rescue.

On Monday, a SWAT team stormed the bunker Jimmy Lee Dykes had been holding Ethan in as a hostage. The SWAT team killed Dykes in a firefight when rescuers believed Ethan was in imminent danger.

FBI sources say they found two bombs on the property. One was in the bunker and one in the plastic pipe negotiators had been using to talk to Dykes.

Dykes abducted Ethan off his school bus last week after fatally shooting his bus driver.

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