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Amber Alert History

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Today's arrest of John Baugher shows how the Amber Alert system can really work to find missing children.

The Amber Alert system began in 1999 when 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped and brutally murdered while riding her bike in Arlington, Texas.

Dallas radio stations soon began sending out special alerts soon and then these alerts went national.

To issue an Amber Alert, law enforcement must believe the child has been abducted, that they are 17-years-old or younger, that they are in imminent danger, and that there is enough information to send out an Amber Alert.

Once this criteria is met, the information is sent to radio and television stations, to get the information out as soon as possible. So far, Amber Alerts have led to 324 successful recoveries across the country.