Baby girl kidnapped from South Africa hospital, reunited with parents 17 years later

A newborn was kidnapped from a Cape Town hospital in 1997. Her parents never gave up hope and, 17 years later, they have found her.

She was living just a couple miles (kilometers) from her parents but, as the Cape Argus newspaper reports, the amazing discovery happened only after she attended school with her biological sister, and people noticed their similarities.

Police spokesman Andre Traut says a woman was arrested and appeared in court Friday in the kidnapping at Groote Schuur Hospital.

In a 2010, the girl's biological father said: "I'll never, ever give up hope. I can feel it in my gut -- my daughter is out there and she is going to come home."

The Cape Argus reported that police took DNA samples before making the arrest.