MIDLAND CITY, AL (CBS) -- The standoff between police and an Alabama man is now almost a week old. The suspect is accused of murdering a school bus driver and kidnapping a 5-year-old boy.
Ribbons and signs hang outside Midland City Elementary School where teacher and staffers returned today for the first time since a bus driver was killed and a kindergartner was abducted last Tuesday.
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson says, "We are doing everything humanly possible to resolve this and safely bring this child home."
Police say 65-year-old Jimmy Dykes is holding a 5-year-old boy named Ethan in an underground bunker. Hostage negotiators have been talking to Dykes, and delivering food, medication, and toys to the boy through a ventilation pipe. On Sunday, they delivered Cheez-It crackers, and a Hot Wheels car the boy requested. Investigators have not said if Dykes has asked for anything during negotiations.
Ethan turns 6-years-old on Wednesday. He has a disorder similar to autism. A friend of the boy's family tells CBS News the child is scared. Family friend Cindy Steiner says, "He's crying. He wants his momma, he's never been away from her."
School bus driver, Charles Poland was remembered as a hero at his funeral yesterday. Police say Dykes shot and killed Poland after he refused to hand over a child when Dykes boarded his bus. The school superintendent read letters from children who used to ride Poland's bus. Donny Bynum read, "I'm going to miss seeing your smiling happy face every day from now on."
A procession of school buses escorted Poland to his final resting place. Dykes was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Neighbors describe him as a hostile loner.