Suspect in Jacksonville baby kidnapping: How long could she spend in jail?

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Gloria Williams, the 51-year-old South Carolina woman suspected of kidnapping Kamiyah Mobley in 1998, faces life in prison if convicted in Florida, State Attorney Melissa Nelson said Friday.

This case has a very famous precedent.

In Aug. 1987, a 19-day-old newborn named Carlina White was kidnapped by a woman named Ann Pettway from a New York City hospital room. Pettway took the baby to Bridgeport, Conn. and renamed her Nejdra Nance.

As she grew older, White had suspicions about her past – she became pregnant as a teen, and Pettway couldn’t provide her with her own birth certificate so she could get prenatal care. 

Pettway told her she was given to her by a woman on drugs.


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Years later, White reached out to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which led to her biological mother.

DNA testing confirmed the match, and in 2012, Pettway was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

White now lives in Atlanta.

There was a Lifetime Movie made called Abducted: The Carlina White Story.

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