Baby, stolen when 8-hours old, found in US as ‘normal 18-year-old woman’
The baby was only eight hours old when she was taken by a woman posing as a healthcare worker at the University Medical Centre. The woman told Kamiyah’s mother, Shanara, that her baby had a fever and needed to be checked. She took the baby out of the room and disappeared.world Updated: Jan 14, 2017 21:24 IST
A girl stolen as a newborn from a hospital in Florida by a woman has been found in South Carolina after more than 18 years, police say on Saturday.
Kamiyah Mobley, who was abducted from a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998, was found after a tip.
The baby was only eight hours old when she was taken by a woman posing as a healthcare worker at the University Medical Centre. The woman told Kamiyah’s mother, Shanara, that her baby had a fever and needed to be checked. She took the baby out of the room and disappeared.
Authorities in Walterboro, South Carolina, have charged Gloria Williams, 51, with kidnapping.
Mobley was living under another name and believed Williams to be her mother. The biological family have been notified of the news.
Jacksonville sherriff’s office said DNA tests had confirmed Mobley’s identity.
She appeared in good health, a “normal 18-year-old woman”, it said.
The office said it had acted on 2,500 tips since the abduction.
It showed the original composite images released at the time of the kidnapping, along with a photograph of Williams, who was arrested at her home on Friday.
The case had brought significant media attention as Shanara tried to locate her child.
Although the biological family had been notified of the discovery and were “elated”, the Jacksonville sherriff’s office said: “It is up to the victim on how contact will be made. The victim is now an adult.”
Jacksonville sheriff Mike Williams said: “She had an idea that something may have occurred but... imagine her trying to process this.
“She was abducted as a newborn and needs time to process this... We want to respect her privacy and we ask that you do too,” sheriff Williams said.
First Published: Jan 14, 2017 21:22 IST