Nigerian Kidnappers Free Toddler

Girl in good health after 4 days in captivity
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2007 7:45 PM CDT
3-year kidnapped Margaret Hill sits inside a car after she was released in Port Harcourt, Nigeria Sunday, July 8, 2007. Nigerian gunmen have released the British toddler who was kidnapped in the country's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Four days after her terrifying abduction, a 3-year-old girl is back with her parents in southern Nigeria, "covered in mosquito bites" but otherwise OK, her father tells the BBC. Margaret Hill, who was snatched from a car at gunpoint on her way to school Thursday, was freed today and was not ransomed, the Times of London reports.

Margaret is the daughter of a British expat father and a Nigerian mother; they live in Port Harcourt, in the Niger delta, where kidnapping is rampant. The girl was hungry and "in a little bit of a trance" upon her return, her father told Sky News, but began to shake off her ordeal and talk to her mother. (Read more Nigeria stories.)