February 3rd, 2013
04:54 AM ET

Alabama sheriff: 5-year-old hostage gets chips, toys as standoff enters 6th day

A gunman barricaded in an underground bunker with a 5-year-old hostage is making the boy "as comfortable as possible," authorities said, as the standoff in southeastern Alabama entered its sixth day Sunday.

Police have said little about what, if any, demands have been made by the man who they say killed a school bus driver and grabbed the kindergartener Tuesday afternoon before holing up in the bunker in Midland City.

"We continue to maintain an open line of communication 24 hours a day, whenever he wants to talk," according to a statement released by Alabama State Troopers. The statement, obtained by CNN affiliate WSFA, was released after authorities canceled a news conference because there was "no new information" to report.

Those negotiations are being carried out between the suspect and authorities through a 60-foot plastic ventilation pipe that leads from the bunker, authorities said.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Promise him anything, but give him a sniper.

    February 3, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Exactly. I know the fear, the next whacko will be less inclined to trust authorities in a similar situation. I do not share that fear however.

      February 4, 2013 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    It would be nice if, in addition to chips and toys, he gets his freedom.

    February 3, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. USA Bob

    Can't you fake a rainstorm? Bring in Spielberg or the like, and force him out with water. He won't know the storm is fake. Then sniper his butt when he pops out.

    February 3, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People (party)

    This would have been old news if this was in NY/NJ. They r playing wih this guy...this is crazy.

    February 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wayne Lapierre

    Why wasnt every child on the bus armed with a Glock w/extended clip? At least the school bus driver should have a AR15 mounted on the dashboard? More guns everywhere solves everything, even AIDS and world hunger. -WLP

    February 3, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    ...i kno' parents who can't be holed up with their own 5 year old too long, they can drive you crazy...you guys need to get to plan b fast...

    February 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |