South African woman sentenced to 10 years in jail for kidnapping a newborn baby in 1997

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    Zephany Nurse and her biological mother before she was kidnapped

    A South African woman who kidnapped a 3 day old newborn baby girl while she was sleeping beside her mother in a hospital in Cape Town in April 1997 and raised the girl as her own, was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Monday for kidnapping.
    The presiding Judge, Judge John Hlophe in Cape Town announced the sentence, telling the 52-year-old convicted kidnapper that she had caused “immense” pain to the kidnapped girl’s biological parents, the African News Agency reported.

    The young woman who was kidnapped as a baby is known as Zephany Nurse, but that’s not her real name, that name is the one given to her by her biological parents and used in the media in the years since her disappearance.

    But since she has been found by her parents, she has chosen to continue using the name given to her by the kidnapper.

    So in order to protect her privacy, a judge ordered that her adopted name and the name of her kidnapper should not be used by the media.

    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 so much like her. The couple’s second daughter was baffled by the similarities and told her parents about it. When her parents saw Zephany Nurse, they immediately suspected that she could be their long lost daughter, so they got the police involved.

    A police investigation and DNA tests showed that the two girls were sisters and confirmed that the new friend was the Nurse’s missing child.

    During the court case, the kidnapper still maintained that she didn’t kidnap the little girl in 1997 which annoyed the judge during sentencing.
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    Source:: Linda Ikeji Blog