The first child ever rescued by the Amber Alert system is now heading off to college. Rae-Leigh Bradbury was taken from her home by a babysitter at just 8 weeks old in Arlington, Texas. Two years earlier 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who the alert system was named after, was kidnapped and murdered in the same town.
The new Amber Alert system only took 90 minutes to help authorities find the vehicle Bradbury was kidnapped in. Bradbury is now set to attend the University of Texas-Austin in the fall. Today the Amber Alert is used in all 50 states and 22 countries globally through a combination of alerts on cell phones, social media, physical billboards and other media.
Bradbury should feel proud to be among the nearly 1000 children the Amber Alert has helped to save to date.
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