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Zephany Nurse accused sticks to 'adoption' story

In court today, the accused said she did not snatch the baby at Groote Schuur Hospital in April 1997.

The woman accused of snatching Zephany Nurse from her mother’s arms in 1997 arrives at the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Lavender Hill woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse maintains she did not snatch the baby at Groote Schuur Hospital in April 1997.

The woman said she thought she was legally adopting the child.

Zephany, who turns 19 in April, was reunited with her biological parents little more than a year ago.

The accused took the stand in the Western Cape High Court earlier today.

She remained calm while answering detailed questions of how she came to raise three-day-old Zephany as her own.

Even when Judge John Hlophe pressured her to be specific about dates leading up to the day the baby disappeared, she retained her composure.

Breaking point and a flood of tears followed her recollection of her arrest last year, when Hawks officials told her she would not be able to see her adopted daughter again.

The accused said she was worried about who would take care of the girl the way she had for 18 years.

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

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Proceedings were postponed by Judge John Hlophe until next Monday for the State to question the accused.

The State prosecutor is indisposed this week.