A woman has been jailed for 10 years for kidnapping a baby then raising her as her own before a coincidence reunited her with her biological family.
The woman claimed that the baby was given to her at a train station 20 years ago after she entered into a private ‘adoption’ programme.
By remarkable coincidence, the baby grew up to become close friends with a fellow high school student who turned out to be her sister.
After students remarked on their physical similarity, the friend told her parents, who became convinced it was Zephany Joy Nurse, the child taken from them after her birth.
A DNA test and police investigation revealed the two friends were actually sisters.
The 50-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, who took Zephany from her mother’s beside in April 1997 was found guilty.
‘We’re over the moon,’ Morne told reporters outside the Cape Town court at the time. ‘My daughter is back and we just have to work our way, feel our way and just be happy.’
John Ray, reporting for ITV, said that Celeste ‘burst into tears at the verdict’.
The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the kidnapped girl, had said that she paid a woman to find her a baby to adopt after she had a miscarriage in 1996.