- South Africa can breathe a sigh of relief after Amy-Lee de Jager was reunited with her family this morning
- The 6-year-old had been kidnapped early on Monday from outside Laerskool Kollegepark
- The Grade R pupil is reportedly unharmed, undergoing medical tests at a local hospital
The nation watched the story of Amy-Lee de Jager unfolding with sheer terror yesterday, with thousands praying for the young girl's safe return.
Briefly.co.za reported that four men had used a Toyota Fortuner to abduct the 6-year-old from outside her school in Vanderbijlpark.
TimesLIVE reports that the Grade R student's family had confirmed her safe return home:
“She has been found. The people dropped her off in the streets and a woman and her man heard her crying and rushed her to the police station. Everything is OK, she wasn't harmed. She has also undergone tests at the hospital, so everything is OK. The family is still very heartbroken, but we are just thankful that she is alive.”
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Once back in the arms of her frantic parents, Amy-Lee asked for a burger and her brother.
News24 reports parents Wynand and Angeline had refused to leave their local police station until their daughter was found, with family revealing some details that led to her return.
Amy-Lee's kidnappers had reportedly stopped the car, given her R4 to buy some water at a nearby shop and sped off. The pair that had found the panicked 6-year-old had ran with her to help:
"Wynand was on his way out to get some fresh air when he saw the couple walking towards him with Amy-Lee. He told me there was no way to describe what he felt at that moment."
Zandelee Brouwer, the child's aunt, has thanked citizens who supported the family during the ordeal:
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. Amy-Lee is safe. Please respect her mother and father's privacy at this stage. Everyone has been through a long, rough day/night.”
This is a developing story, which will be updated as more information becomes available.
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