Negotiators the unseen heroes in Amy’Leigh abduction drama
Police negotiators who brokered her return spent hours on tenterhooks as the six-year-old’s life hung in the balance
Hostage negotiators charged with ensuring the safe return of snatched Vanderbijlpark schoolgirl Amy’Leigh de Jager would have spent hours on an emotional tightrope, second-guessing their decisions as her life hung in the balance.
Their unseen brinkmanship played out in a nondescript office at the Vanderbijlpark police station in the hours after her abduction on Monday, and played a critical role in the police response to the chilling crime.
The six-year-old was snatched by a gang of men at a drop-off point at Laerskool Kollegepark in Vanderbijlpark on Monday morning while her mother, Angeline, walked the girl and her five-year-old brother, Jayden, to the school’s gate...