Ben Henry ClearyNeed some good news to close out 2012? How about this? A set of missing brothers from Georgia are home safe with mom after she feared she'd never see them again. Mom Theresa Nash and sons Ben and Henry Cleary have an Amber Alert, and a complete stranger, to thank for getting them home.

Yes, the Amber Alerts really do work. Thank goodness!

You've wondered about them too, haven't you? We hear, all too often, about the bad side of child abductions, about kids murdered, kids never recovered.

We're saddened for those kids and scared for our own, and we feel helpless.

What we don't hear are all the good stories, the stories of Amber Alerts that did what they were created for: got the information about missing kids out to enough people that an average citizen is able to help the cops and get kids back to their families.

So here you go, something to help you feel just a teeny bit safer:

According to cops in Texas, Benjamin, 9, and Henry, 7, were visiting with dad Daniel Cleary over the Christmas holiday. They'd gone on a mom-approved overnight trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee on the 22nd. But when her sons didn't come home on the 26th as planned, Theresa Nash started to worry.

Nash told cops that Daniel Cleary had recently purchased a gun, and he'd been drinking a lot. His failure to bring the boys back had her fearing the worst, especially after cops found his house empty.

But a citizen in Texas, a complete stranger, was instrumental in getting the kids back home. He recognized the boys and their dad at a hotel, called cops, and presto, change-o ... Dad's in custody, the boys are back with mom. He recognized them, that is, because of the Amber Alert.

Does this happy story make you feel a little better? Do you pay attention to Amber Alerts?

 

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