DNA confirms identity of a Cape Town girl 17 years after her abduction

When she saw her for the first time she just knew, this is my child she said, DNA is unnecessary

Chantall Nurse

The parents of an abducted baby are happy to be reunited with their daughter after 17 years. DNA tests confirmed yesterday that indeed Zephany Nurse was born of Celeste and Morné Nurse . Zephany was stolen from her mother in Groote Schuur hospital when she was just 3 days old in 1997.

17 years later it happened that Zephany’s biological sister, Cassidy Nurse start attending the same school where Zephany was doing her matric. The resemblance of the two got other school children talking. The aunt, Chantall Nurse told Kieno that Cassidy came home one day and told her parents ‘there’s a girl who looks just like me at school’.

Zephany is currently under protective custody at an undisclosed location where only her parents are allowed to see her. Chantall expressed her joy now that Zephany has been found.

The family celebrated Zephany’s birtyhday on the 28th of April every year since her abduction, in her absentia and now they looking forward to celebrating her birthday this year where she will be present.

A woman was arrested for Zephany’s abduction and will appeared at the Cape Town magistrate court on Friday.


This article first appeared on 702 : DNA confirms identity of a Cape Town girl 17 years after her abduction


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