South African woman found guilty of stealing baby from maternity hospital 17 years ago

March 10, 2016 10:34 AM

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South African woman found guilty of stealing baby from maternity hospital 17 years ago

A South African woman has been convicted of kidnapping a newborn baby and raising her for 17 years before an astonishing coincidence reunited the girl with her biological family.

"You must have been the person who removed the child from hospital," High Court judge John Hlophe told the woman who claimed to have been handed the baby at a train station after entering into a private "adoption" programme.

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