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South African Woman Pleads Not Guilty to 1997 Kidnapping

South African Woman Pleads Not Guilty to 1997 Kidnapping

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:30 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African woman who allegedly kidnapped a baby from a hospital nearly 19 years ago and raised the child as her own has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.

The African News Agency reported that the woman pleaded not guilty in a Cape Town court on Tuesday to kidnapping, fraud and breaking South Africa's child protection laws. Murmurs of disbelief could be heard in the packed courtroom, where the child's biological parents also sat.

The 50-year-old woman allegedly snatched a newborn baby from her sleeping mother's bedside in 1997. The baby, now a teenager, was found last year after befriending her biological sister at school, not knowing they were related.

A judge ordered that neither the woman nor the child be identified publisly.

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A South African woman who allegedly kidnapped a baby from a hospital nearly 19 years ago and raised the child as her own has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.The African News Agency reported that the woman pleaded not guilty in a Cape Town court on Tuesday...
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