Army of Mom

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In memory

It was nine years ago today that little Amber Hagerman was kidnapped as she was riding her bicycle close to home. A man grabbed her, threw her into his pick-up and drove away. People witnessed the crime and reported it, but the culprit has never been found. Her body was found on Jan. 17, 1996. She had been raped and her throat slit.

It was in her memory that radio stations and law enforcement got together and developed the Amber Plan to announce information on the radio about missing children, just like they would announce about severe weather alerts. It started in the Dallas area in 1997, but went national in 2000.

Although the Amber Plan is named after Amber Hagerman, this national program is dedicated to all children nationwide who’ve been abducted. How often does it happen? According to the U.S. Department of Justice, up to 4,600 children are abducted by strangers every year (about 12 children nationwide every day).

God, that is a scary statistic: 12 children nationwide are abducted by strangers EVERY DAY. I think I'll hug my kids a little closer tonight.

This is little Amber. She was 9 when she died.


  • At 3:39 PM, January 13, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Seems like yesterday that it happened. So sad.

  • At 3:21 AM, October 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I now live in Colorado Springs, but lived in Arlington at the time she disappeared, I even went to school with her at CB Berry Elementry, she ws in 1st grade and i was in 6th, I was the library aid that got her class for their time. My mom ran the apartments that her aunt and uncle lived in, so i knew her well. She was a sweet loving little girl that would have really made a difference in the world. She is truly missed. I guess in her own way (with the help of sick individual) she did make a difference. Her death deeply affected me and i still miss her to this day. All my love to her family.


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