On Wednesday the parents of six-year-old Amy-Leigh de Jager, who was kidnapped at school in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng on Monday, spent hours at the police station to assist in apprehending their daughter’s kidnappers.
The next day (today) police confirmed in a statement that a 50-year-old man and two women, aged 27 and 40 respectively, had been arrested in connection with the kidnapping at their homes in Vanderbijlpark.
“The three are suspected of being the main role players in the kidnapping,” national police spokesman Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, says.
Members of the SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit as well as the Crime Intelligence Unit interviewed Amy-Leigh’s family for information that could aid the investigation.
“I can’t stop crying. I’m so deeply grateful she’s back,” Amy-Leigh’s aunt Louise Horn wrote on Facebook.
“Thank you to every police member who hasn’t stopped working for a second.”
Amy-Leigh, a Grade R pupil at Kollegepark Primary School in Vanderbijlpark, was snatched on Monday morning after her mom, Angeline, dropped her off at school.
The kidnappers later demanded a ransom of R2 million, which wasn’t paid. Amy-Leigh was found on Tuesday morning at 2am by a passerby in a street in Vanderbijlpark after the kidnappers had dropped her there.
The suspects are in custody and will appear in the magistrate’s court in Vanderbijlpark on Friday 6 September.