'It took years for me to love Zephany'

By admin
24 February 2016

Zephany Nurse once told the woman she believed to be her biological mother, "You don't love me like you love my brother."

And she may have been right. In her alleged abductor's plea explanation submitted to the Western Cape High Court, the 51-year-old woman said it took years for her to accept Zephany as her own child, IOL reports. “Although I was not her biological mother, I raised her as my own child,” the woman said.

Read more: ‘I’m guilty of raising her, yes. I raised her with the help of God but I didn’t take her’: Zephany’s alleged abductor

She stands accused of kidnapping newborn Zephany from a cot next to her birth mother Celeste's bed at Groote Schuur Hospital 19 years ago.

The woman cannot be named to protect the teenager's identity. Up till now, the young woman has been known by the name her biological parents gave her, Zephany.

The woman, from Lavender Hill, has been out on bail of R5000 after she was arrested in February 2015. The matter came to light when the Zephany’s biological sister, who is four years younger, told her parents that a matric girl at her school bore a striking resemblance to her and her parents. When the parents discovered the girl had the same birthday as their missing child, they reported it to police. DNA tests had confirmed the teen was indeed their daughter.

In an exclusive interview last year, she told YOU: “I didn’t take her from the hospital. I wasn’t near the hospital.”

She claimed that after she suffered a miscarriage, she was contacted by a person who promised they could help her have a child.

“I was told her mother didn’t want her because she was so young.”

“I’m guilty of raising her, yes. I raised her with the help of God but I didn’t take her. ”

Read more: Zephany Nurse’s birth mother breaks down in court

In court yesterday, Celeste Nurse broke down when she described what happened in the hospital ward almost two decades ago.

I was 18. It was my first pregnancy,” she said.

Three days later, still in a “drugged” state, she said she heard Zephany crying. When she woke up she saw a woman sitting at the door, Celeste recalled.

Her bed and the baby’s cot were both right next to the entrance. “She told me the child was crying and asked if she could pick her up,” she said. Celeste said she could not recall what happened thereafter. “I woke up when the sister came in and asked me: ‘Mommy, where is your baby?’.”

Then then 18-year-old, with a drip still in her arm, searched for the baby on every floor of the hospital.

“But she was nowhere to be found. Gone.”

The case continues.

Additional sources: News24, IOL

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