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May 10th, 2013
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Women acted on intuition and saved kids

During a special program dedicated to missing persons cases, three women who saved kidnapped children explain how everyone can be a hero by being observant and taking action.

Amber Deahn, a former waitress, noticed a little girl in her Idaho restaurant at 2:30 a.m. who was exhibiting strange behavior. The situation seemed off to Deahn and she thought the child was acting depressed. When she asked her manager to make the call for help, she was refused access to the office. Deahn persisted and threatened to walk out if she couldn't use the phone to call 911. Her instincts were spot on and her actions saved the child who was at the restaurant with her captor.

"Nobody needs credentials to do the right thing ... I'm not a police officer. I don't work with the FBI. I was a pregnant mother on the night shift trying to make ends meet. If I can do it, there's no reason nobody else can," she says.

Allison Jacobs and Lisa Campbell are the officers who ended Jaycee Dugard's 18-year nightmare being held captive by Phillip Garrido. Cambell was an events manager at U.C. Berkeley with the police department when Garrido came into her office asking for a permit to host an event. He brought two young girls who turned out to be his daughters with Dugard.

Immediately the women were alarmed. Jacobs called Garrido's parole officer who told them that Garrido doesn't have daughters on record. That call set in motion the search that led to Dugard's rescue.

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Darrell

    Unfortunately more often than not acting on intuition makes things worse.

    May 17, 2013 at 12:51 am |
  2. Odalice Feliz

    Mothers love is unconditional.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:32 am |