Sunday 17 December 2017

Stolen baby found after 18 years

Kamiyah Mobley was abducted from her mother by Gloria Williams in July 1998. Photo: Reuters
Kamiyah Mobley was abducted from her mother by Gloria Williams in July 1998. Photo: Reuters

Sonya Hillis South Carolina

An 18-year-old woman taken from a US hospital hours after she was born has been reunited with her birth family almost two decades later.

Kamiyah Mobley spoke to her birth family via video chat after DNA analysis confirmed her identity.

Kamiyah Mobley
Kamiyah Mobley

The woman she thought was her mother has been charged with kidnapping.

Police arrested Gloria Williams (51) in Walterboro, South Carolina, where Ms Mobley was raised in a small house, about 300km from the hospital where she was born in July 1998.

She will be extradited to Florida on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody.

Ms Mobley was in good health but understandably overwhelmed, Jacksonville sheriff Mike Williams said.

Her birth family cried "tears of joy" after a detective told them the missing baby had been found. Within hours, the Jacksonville family were able to talk to her by video chat.

"She looks just like her daddy," said grandmother Velma Aiken.

Ms Mobley was only eight hours old when she was taken from her young mother by a woman posing as a nurse at University Medical Centre in Jacksonville, Florida, 18 years ago. Ms Mobley's neighbours in Walterboro knew her as Ms Williams' daughter, Alexis Manigo.

Her mother, Shanara Mobley, never gave up hope. In 2008, she said that on every one of her daughter's birthdays, she wrapped a piece of cake in foil and froze it for her.

Irish Independent

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