FBI and other personnel process the crime scene in Midland City, Ala. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, a day after a police raid left Jimmy Lee Dykes dead. Dykes held a a 5-year-old boy hostage for a week in an underground bunker on the property. Authorities painstakingly checking for bombs on the abductor's property Tuesday. (AP Photo/al.com, Joe Songer)
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olsen answers questions from the media about the close of the hostage crisis during a news conference late Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Midland City, Ala. Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in Midland City, freeing the 5-year-old boy and leaving his captor dead after a week of fruitless negotiations that left authorities convinced the child was in imminent danger. (AP Photo/AL.com, Jay Hare)
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — The grandmother of a 5-year-old held hostage for a week in an underground bunker says the boy is OK physically, but she fears the ordeal could stay with him the rest of his life.
Betty Jean Ransbottom told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she had never endured anything so horrible while waiting to find out if her grandson was safe.
Ransbottom says the boy seemed fine in the hospital on Monday after his rescue, but the family isn’t sure yet how he is doing mentally.
She says an FBI agent stayed with the family the entire time the boy was being held hostage. Ransbottom says authorities have not given them much information because of the ongoing investigation.