By Alameen Templeton
Kidnap victim Amy-Lee de Jager had her six-year-old girl priorities intact when she reappeared unexpectedly last night just hours after her shocking abduction.
Six-year-old kidnap victim Amy-Lee de Jager wanted just two things – a burger and her brother – when she was returned suddenly to her parents on Tuesday night.
Her abductors had dropped her off at a shopping centre close to the Vanderbijl Park police station at around 2am. They had pointed to a blue car and said it was her mothers and she must wait close by.
But her six-year-old instincts would have none of it. She was refusing to accept anything her abductors said. She wouldn’t eat the food they offered. She wouldn’t drink their water.
She small-girl stubbornness seemed to have worn them down.
They’d pulled their car into the shopping centre, it would appear, to simply get rid of her. They gave her R4 and told her to go across the road to buy some food and cold drink. But, when she refused to do that too, and crossly told them that the blue car was not her mother’s, it seemed their final reserves of patience failed and they fled into the night.
So Amy Lee did what any six-year-old girl would do in the circumstances. She started screaming.
That attracted the attention of a couple walking past. When they found out her circumstances, they ran with her to the police station as they did not own a car.
Amy Lee’s abduction had gripped the nation after she was taken when her mother was dropping her off at school.
Police launched a manhunt while her distraught parents – Wynand and Angeline de Jager – waited at the Vanderbijl Park police station for news.
Angeline’s sister, Louise Horn, said Wynand was on his way out of the police station to grab a breath of fresh air when he saw the couple walking towards him with his daughter in tow.
“He told me there was no way to describe what he felt at that moment,” Horn told News 24.
“The first thing Amy-Lee said was that she wanted a hamburger and her brother. So, they bought some burgers and came straight to my house where her little brother had spent the night,” Horn said.
The little girl was then taken to hospital, but she appeared unharmed, Horn said.
Police liaison officer Vishnu Naidoo said Amy-Lee’s disappearance and sudden reappearance were still under investigation.
Horn said no ransom was paid, although a demand for R2million had been made earlier by her abductors.
While Amy-Lee’s parents still had many questions, they were glad their little girl was home again, Horn added.