Thousands donated to aid Ala. boy held in bunker

Thousands donated to aid Ala. boy held in bunker

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Ethan poses for a photo during a visit to Governor Bentley's office (Source: Governor's Press Office) Ethan poses for a photo during a visit to Governor Bentley's office (Source: Governor's Press Office)

By JAY REEVES
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Donors have given thousands of dollars to help the Alabama boy who was held hostage for days in an underground bunker.

An online campaign raised more than $10,000 to send 6-year-old Ethan Gilman and his family to Disney World.

Authorities say another $7,000 was given to the child, much in small donations in birthday cards. And Dr. Phil McGraw of the "Dr. Phil" TV show made a donation through his foundation.

Dale County Probate Judge Sharon Michalic has appointed two attorneys to help manage the donations and protect the interests of the boy, who lives with his mother in Midland City.

The judge says Ethan's mother agreed to the arrangement. Michalic says court-appointed conservators and guardians are typical in cases involving young children and money.

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