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#ZephanyNurse: Accused pleads not guilty to all 3 charges

The woman pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, fraud & contravening sections of the Children’s Act.

The woman accused of snatching Zephany Nurse from her mother’s arms in 1997 arrives at the Western Cape High Court on the second day of her trial. She has pleased not guilty to all three charges against her. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The woman accused of kidnapping a baby girl in a case dating back to the 1990s has pleaded not guilty all three charges against her.

The Lavender Hill woman allegedly snatched a three-day-old child from her sleeping mother's arms in 1997 at Groote Schuur Hospital.

The child, now an 18-year-old youth, goes by the name of Zephany Nurse.

She was reunited with her biological family last year.

The accused has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act.

The State claims she abducted Nurse from her sleeping mother's arms at the Cape Town hospital 1997 and alleges that the woman registered Nurse under a false name and provided false information at the Home Affairs Department in Malmesbury in 2003.

Her lawyer then indicated they'll be submitting a plea explanation.

The trial was earlier adjourned to allow the prosecution time to go through the 25-page document.

Meanwhile, Nurse's biological mother is testifying against the accused.

Celeste Nurse says she was 18 when she gave birth to her first born, Zephany.

She says she was taken to the Retreat Day Hospital but was later rushed to Groote Schuur due to complications.

She then underwent an emergency C-section.

She has told the court she saw her daughter soon after giving birth.

IMPACT OF THE CASE

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says he's concerned about the impact this case has had on Nurse and her family.

"[We hope] the proper solution and closure gets to this case. We're really concerned about the fate of everyone involved in this case."

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