Three people are arrested about the kidnapping of the daughter of the South African sportswoman
Three people were arrested by the South African police after a terrified six-year-old girl was abducted from the arms of her screaming mother when she was dropped off at the school gate.
Little Amy-Leigh de Jager, six, was the subject of a 19-hour nationwide knockdown until her captors, afraid that it was just getting closer, dropped the girl in pitch black on a deserted street at Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.
One of the alleged kidnappers is said to be one of the female teachers at the primary school where she was taken away.
TimesLIVE reported that police investigation sources had confirmed to them that a woman was arrested in a midnight dive at Kollegepark Primary School where the girl was abducted Monday.
A separate source who is a family member said that one of the arrested is a & # 39; very close family friend & # 39; was and added that & # 39; the other suspect is also connected to the & # 39; family.
Amy-Leigh de Jager (photo) was thrown away Monday by a gang outside of her school in Johannesburg, but was found early Tuesday after she was left on a street corner
Just before midnight on Wednesday, the police team switched to three addresses in the city where she was abducted and arrested a man and two women – one of whom was known to the Amy-Leigh family.
Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the suspects were between 27 and 50 years old and said the search for the rest of the gang continues.
He said: & Amy-Leigh was released on Tuesday morning at around 2.30 am after being abducted from her school on Monday at 7.40 am and we made three arrests during an intelligence-led operation.
& # 39; We have arrested two 27-40-year-old women and a 50-year-old man in their homes in Vanderiljpark and the operation by our specialized teams continues and more arrests can follow and we will keep you informed. & # 39;
He said the three were the leaders and are currently behind bars to appear before the Vanderbjilpark Magistrates Court tomorrow after they have finished questioning.
Amy-Leigh, daughter of champion F1 motorboat racer Wynand, was abducted Monday in a & # 39; intentionally focused & # 39; kidnapping while she was in her school.
On Tuesday, a couple who had just left a bar in town saw the six-year-old crying and screaming for her mother and walked her two miles to the local police station where Father Wynand and Mother Angeline were with detectives.
She was not harmed in the trial that lasted almost a day and was quickly reunited with her emotional parents before providing evidence to a team of officers investigating her abduction.
Louise Horn, Amy-Leigh's aunt, told TimesLIVE: & she was found. People dropped her off in the street and a woman and her husband heard her cry and rushed her to the police station. It was about 2 o'clock this morning.
Amy-Leigh (left), who is the daughter of F1 racer Wynand de Jager (second left), was caught on Monday morning at 7.40 am around her mother Angeline de Jager (right). Her brother Jayden (center front) is said to have experienced the incident
Motorboat racer Mr De Jager (competing above pictured) was asked to pay a ransom of two million rand (£ 110,000)
& # 39; Everything is fine, she is not harmed. She has also undergone tests in the hospital, so everything is fine. The family is still very broken, but we are just thankful that she is alive.
& # 39; It was the longest 19 hours of our families' lives and we are really happy that she is with us again. & # 39;
Louise said that the first thing Amy-Leigh did after his return was to ask for a hamburger and see her brother – five-year-old Jayden.
& # 39; Angeline is traumatized, just like Wynand, and it will be a long way for everyone to recover, & # 39; she added.
Distraught mum of two Angeline de Jager had just parked her VW Polo at the school gates to enter her daughter Amy-Leigh and her five-year-old son Jayden when four violent kidnappers struck in balaclavas.
The police believe that Amy-Leigh was deliberately the target because they threw her brother aside and ignored all the other children and grabbed the screaming girl gathered in the arms of her terrified mothers.
Mr. de Jager (right) was contacted after his daughter (left) was taken and asked to pay ransom for her safer return
Amy-Leigh (left) was taken away from her mother (right) outside her primary school on Monday morning
Shortly thereafter, her father Wynand, a champion F1 powerboat racer on the international circuit, received a mobile phone call demanding a ransom of 2 million rand (£ 110,000) for the safe release of his daughters.
The beautiful brown hair and brown eye schoolgirl was thrown away at 7:40 am at Kollegepark Primary School by four black men lurking outside the school gates in a Toyota Fortuner 4 x 4.
Amy-Leigh was dragged from the arms of her distraught mother and bundled in the Fortuner, which then left the school in Vanderbijlpark, just south of the city of Johannesburg.
But the police told TimesLIVE that none of the £ 110,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers was paid, and that the gang was likely to panic after seeing the amount of publicity the case had generated.
Police in South Africa have made a call for the return of the young person (photo)
Jayden, pictured above with his sister Amy-Leigh, was cared for by their aunt while their parents stayed at the police station
Amy-Leigh & # 39; s Aunt Louise Horn published today on her Facebook page at 4 pm: & # 39; Amy-Leigh is safe with her parents. Thank you Lord. Words cannot describe our praise. There is still a long way to go but thank you Lord.
& # 39; Thank you for a nation that can pray together. We sincerely appreciate every sweet message, call and prayer. & # 39;
Parents Angeline and Wynand had tortured for more than 19 hours and feared the worst and it is not known what threats the abductors had committed if the couple who married in 2014 would not pay.
The South African police confirmed Tuesday that she had been found safe and unharmed.
A private investigator specializing in the tracing of missing children Wendy Pascoe was hired to work with hostages and investigation teams and the SA Crime Intelligence Unit to help her detect.
Wendy told TimesLIVE: “We don't usually see this in abductions, and what's strange is that the vehicle was not taken, but the child was as usual the child is accidentally taken when a car is hijacked.
Amy-Leigh's grandfather said before the family left everything to police negotiators (Amy-Leigh pictured above with her mother)
In happy times, Amy-Leigh enjoys a journey (right) and with her mother and brother (left)
& # 39; Also very curious is that the kidnappers focused on Amy-Lee because they didn't pay attention to the other kids, which tells us they were waiting for her and knew who she was, & # 39 ; she said.
When Amy-Leigh was found, her school held a special meeting and released pink balloons of joy into the air.
Amy-Lee wore a pink dress, white blouse, black leggings and shoes when she was torn away.
South African media reported that the police were hunting four black men and are investigating connections to see if the kidnappers knew their victim and kept their daily routine at school.
Amy-Leigh & # 39; s grandfather Martin Brouwers told about the kidnapping and said: "My daughter dropped the kids off at school and Angelina walked them to the side of the car to take them to school.
& # 39; A man just knocked out little Jayden and grabbed Amy-Leigh and jumped into the car and they flew away. Angeline tried to hold the car and she couldn't hold it and was injured, & he said.
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