Cape Town - The woman convicted of kidnapping Zephany Nurse from her cot in a maternity ward at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997 was sentenced to 10 years direct imprisonment.
She was found guilty of kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act earlier this year.
Judge President John Hlophe said the crime was premeditated and too serious not to warrant a jail sentence.
The State pushed for 10 years imprisonment and a fine during closing arguments in sentencing procedures last week.
The defence asked the court for leniency, arguing that the 52-year-old Lavender Hill seamstress was a first time offender and has bad health.