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'You were nothing to me' -Teen kidnapped as baby responds to 'heartbroken' claims by man who raised her

Kamiyah Mobley (18) posing for a selfie with her biological parents
Source (Facebook)
Kamiyah Mobley (18) posing for a selfie with her biological parents Source (Facebook)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A teenager who was abducted from hospital as a newborn baby has said that the man who raised her "didn't help with anything".

Charles Manigo says he was left heartbroken after Kamiyah Mobley was returned to her biological parents, insisting 'She's still my child'. 

Manigo and his ex-girlfriend Gloria Williams raised Kamiyah as their own daughter in South Carolina, naming her Alexis Manigo.     

Williams was arrested on Friday after authorities received a tip off that she allegedly kidnapped the girl at birth.

Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was found living in South Carolina on Friday living under the name Alexis Manigo. Pictured with Gloria Williams who has been arrested for kidnapping Credit: Facebook
Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was found living in South Carolina on Friday living under the name Alexis Manigo. Pictured with Gloria Williams who has been arrested for kidnapping Credit: Facebook

However, 18-year-old Kamiyah has now taken to Facebook, claiming all Manigo did was "lie to her".

"He did nothing...he was the reason I didn't go to my senior prom...you work at a car dealership and my granddaddy still gave me my first car.

"All he did was lie my whole life and then tell people differen't."

Charles Manigo gave an interview with ABC News on Sunday and spoke of his heartbreak that Kamiyah had been reunited with her biological parents.

He said: "The person she called dad for 18 years isn't her dad.

"She's still my child. It doesn't change any feelings I have for her, the same love I have for her the day I held her to now, to 43 more years, she is my child."

Kamiyah's disappearance in 1998 sparked a national search and on Saturday, she was reunited with her biological parents.

She took to Facebook to defend the woman who abducted her, saying she "raised me with everything I needed."

Williams is thought to have suffered a miscarriage about a week before she drove the three hours from South Carolina to Florida and abducted baby Kamiyah in 1998.

It is believed she then passed off Kamiyah as her own daughter to family and friends, who said they never suspected a thing.

She will be extradited to Florida to face charges of kidnapping. 

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