Africa

South African sentenced to 10 years for newborn kidnapping

Morne, left, and Celeste Nurse, the biological parents of the South African born kidnapped child Zephany Nurse, embrace each other after court proceedings in Cape Town , South Africa, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. A South African woman who kidnapped a newborn nearly two decades ago from a hospital and raised the girl as her own was sentenced Monday to 10 years in jail. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Morne, left, and Celeste Nurse, the biological parents of the South African born kidnapped child Zephany Nurse, embrace each other after court proceedings in Cape Town , South Africa, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. A South African woman who kidnapped a newborn nearly two decades ago from a hospital and raised the girl as her own was sentenced Monday to 10 years in jail. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

A South African woman who kidnapped a newborn nearly two decades ago from a hospital and raised the girl as her own has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

South African media reported Monday that Judge John Hlophe in Cape Town announced the sentence.

To protect the privacy of the young woman who was kidnapped, the judge ordered that her adopted name and the name of her kidnapper not be used by the media. The kidnapper had been convicted of kidnapping, fraud and contravening child protection laws.