5 years ago today: Kamiyah Mobley reunited with her parents

Kamiyah was kidnapped as a newborn from a Jacksonville hospital in July 1998.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s been five years since Kamiyah Mobley was reunited with her parents.

Kamiyah was found safe in South Carolina in early 2017 when she was 18 years old, after being kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital as a newborn in 1998.

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More than 2,500 tips were given to officials that led to the arrest of then-51-year-old Gloria Williams.

Pretending to be a nurse, Williams kidnapped Kamiyah just hours after the little girl’s birth at University Hospital, which is now known as UF Health Jacksonville.

The only picture of Kamiyah was a composite because she was abducted just hours after being born. Police were able to compile a few sketches of Williams.

This composite image provided by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Jacksonville, Fla., shows a photo of Kamiyah Mobley, an infant girl who was kidnapped by a woman, seen in separate sketches provided by police in 1998 during the initial search.

On Jan. 13, 2017, police tracked down Kamiyah, who was going under the name Alexis Manigo, in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Police in Walterboro matched up the birthday of the missing girl with a different name and fraudulent documents. DNA tests confirmed that the girl was the missing newborn.

The fake birth certificate listed that Kamiyah was born at Trident Medical Center in Charleston.

Kamiyah was reunited with her mother and father, Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken, just a day after being found.

Williams was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the first charge of kidnapping and five years for the second charge of interfering with custody. The sentences run concurrently and Williams received credit for 511 days of time served.

In 2019, Kamiyah’s father Craig Aiken said that Kamiyah was moving with him in Jacksonville.

The story got national coverage and was made into a Lifetime movie, “Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story.” The family told Action News Jax that they did not have a big part in helping with the film. The movie premiered in January 2020.

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