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SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2002: Police lie in wait
When Terence Traynor left the house that day, leaving Baby Kahu at home alone, the police that lay waiting, seized their opportunity to break into the house and retrieve her.
Traynor arrived back three hours later to be apprehended by the waiting officers. He opening admitted to be very surprised that he was located at all. He had hoped that it would be hushed and the ransom paid.

The baby was examined by a doctor and was confirmed as being in good health.

The police helicopter flew her to Wellington airport, where she was reunited with her family, more than eight days since she was snatched from her mother at gunpoint.

A ransom of $3 million dollars had been demanded, but the public was never informed in order to protect Kahu's safety.

The ransom money was not paid, although it was available and ready if needed.

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When Terence Traynor left the house that day, leaving Baby Kahu at home alone, the police that lay waiting, seized their opportunity to break into the house and retrieve her.

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