Zephany Nurse, a 17-year-old South African girl, has been reunited with her family after being kidnapped when she was only 3 days old. She came into contact with her family by chance, after seeing her biological sister at school.
Nurse was kidnapped in 1997 just three days after she was born. She was taken while her mother was asleep. The police report said, “Zephany was only three days old when she was abducted by an unknown coloured female at about 15.30 out of the hospital.”
It continued, "The unknown female spoke to the mother about the baby and the mother fell asleep, when the nurse came to wake the mother up, Zephany was gone."
Even after 17 years, her parents always believed that they would get her back.
Her parents, Celeste and Morne, celebrated Zephany’s birthday every year. In 2010, her father said: “I'll never, ever give up hope. I can feel it in my gut - my daughter is out there and she is going to come home."
Classmates at school began pointing out how similar Zephany was to another student, and Zephany’s biological parents heard about the similarities.
They invited Zephany over for tea and called police after seeing her stunning resemblance to her sister. Police confirmed Zephany’s biological parents through a DNA test.
A 50-year-old woman was arrested for the kidnapping of Zephany. She raised her with a different name and as a part of her own family. Zephany never knew that the woman was not her biological mother.
Police said, “The suspect is being charged with kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections 32 (4) (a) and (b) of the Children’s Act – in that she fraudulently pretended that she was the biological mother of a child.”
The statement concluded, "The kidnapped girl has since been placed in the care of the Department of Social Services of the Western Cape Government."