The 5-year-old Alabama boy who was held hostage in an underground bunker saw his kidnapper shot to death, his mother told TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview set to broadcast Wednesday.
The exclusive interview deflates the last of the privacy cocoon that had been erected around Ethan, now 6, and his mother after 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes boarded a school bus Jan. 29, shot its driver and took the boy hostage.
In excerpts of the interview released to promote Dr. Phil's Wednesday show -- bumpered by Jerry Bruckheimer-esque action-movie music -- the boy's mother, Jennifer Kirkland, said that she wanted to take the boy's place in the bunker and that she asked to speak with Dykes.
"Did he see Mr. Dykes shot and killed?" Dr. Phil asked.
"He absolutely did. He says the Army came in and shot the bad man," Kirkland said.
The promo also said Dr. Phil would interview the boy, who celebrated his 6th birthday shortly after his rescue from the 6-foot-by-8-foot underground bunker in Midland City, Ala., where he'd been held for almost a week.