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Woman who kidnapped baby jailed for 10 years

By Christopher Torchia

Published 16/08/2016

A South African woman who kidnapped a newborn baby from a hospital nearly two decades ago, and raised the girl as her own, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail
A South African woman who kidnapped a newborn baby from a hospital nearly two decades ago, and raised the girl as her own, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail

A South African woman who kidnapped a newborn baby from a hospital nearly two decades ago, and raised the girl as her own, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Zephany Nurse was reunited last year with her biological parents, Morne and Celeste Nurse, after the couple’s second daughter befriended a girl at school who looked remarkably like her.

A police investigation and DNA tests showed that the two girls were sisters and that the new friend was the Nurses’ child, missing since April 1997.

Zephany’s biological parents were in court in Cape Town for the sentencing, but their daughter was not.

Judge John Hlophe said the crimes the kidnapper committed were serious, but that he had taken into account her previously clean record and other mitigating circumstances in deciding the sentence, according to South African news outlet, News24.

To protect the victim’s privacy, a judge ordered that her adopted name, which she still uses, and the name of her kidnapper not be used by the media.

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