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#ZephanyNurse: Accused ‘was led to believe’ adoption was legal

The Lavender Hill woman is accused of abducting Zephany Nurse from Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

The accused in the Zephany Nurse trial makes her way to the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – The Lavender Hill woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse claims she was led to believe it was a legal adoption.

In a plea explanation, she claims a woman known only as ‘Sylvia’, arranged for her to adopt a baby in April 1997. 


It was around that period that Nurse disappeared from Groote Schuur Hospital.

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

Her trial started yesterday in the Western Cape High Court.

The accused says ‘Sylvia’ told her she would be present for the baby’s birth. 

In her plea explanation she states ‘Sylvia’ was going to help her adopt a baby and assist with the adoption application. 

The Lavender Hill woman says she was surprised to be handed the baby by an unknown woman at the Wynberg train station in April 1997.

She claims she was later told by ‘Sylva’ that the child was from a young mother who wanted to give her child up for adoption. 

The accused admits she had a bad feeling about the process, but decided to keep the baby because she did not tell her family that she had miscarried. 

WATCH: #ZephanyNurse: Accused pleads ‘not guilty’

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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