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Parents, Child Reach Agreement in South African Baby Snatching Case

News 24   in 
March 6, 2015

Johannesburg – The biological parents of a girl kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital 17 years ago have come to an agreement with the family that raised her, the Centre for Child Law said on Friday.

The agreement reflected the teenager’s wishes about visits, birthdays, and special occasions and would not be made public, the centre said in a statement.

The girl was kidnapped from Groote Schuur Hospital shortly after her birth while her mother was sleeping, on 30 April 1997.

The woman who allegedly took her may not be identified for the protection of the child, who is still regarded as a minor.

According to media reports she had suffered two miscarriages and took the girl as she did not want to return to her husband empty-handed. The woman and her husband raised their child as their own.

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