A woman has confessed snatching a newborn from hospital and raising her as her own daughter for 18 years, Dailymail has reported.
It was gathered that the suspect, Gloria Williams posed as a nurse at University Hospital, in Jacksonville, and walked out with a baby named Kamiyah Mobley.
She could face up to 22 years in jail if convicted. On Monday, she appeared in court to plead guilty to kidnapping as well as an interference charge, which could carry an additional five years in jail.
The 52-year-old was arrested in January 2017, after Kamiyah Mobley, who Williams renamed as Alexis Manigo, discovered the woman who raised her was not her mother, but her kidnapper.
Incredibly, Mobley, of South Carolina, says she has already forgiven Williams and is pleading with the courts to give her less than ten years in jail. Her birth parents have not got involved with the case, saying they just want to focus on spending time with their daughter after years apart.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I do feel like it was wrong. But we talked about it and I can understand at the time what was going on,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘I sympathize with her, I’m not mad at her – of course I forgive her.
‘I am certain that she’s going to get time but I’m hoping not very, very long. I think they should be lenient. It’s not like she took me and tortured me my whole life. She took care of me very well.’
Now 19, she was just eight hours old on July 10, 1998, Williams posed as a nurse and entered Shanara Mobley’s hospital room at what is now known as UF Health-Jacksonville, claiming that Kamiyah had a fever and needed to be checked.
Williams then disappeared with the child in her arms, not to be seen again for the next 18 years.
The deception began to unravel when Mobley applied for a restaurant job two years before Williams was arrested, according to court documents.
When she demanded her social security number, Williams supposedly broke down and confessed to the abduction.
Mobley said she quietly pieced together the majority of her backstory by herself from Google. She once called her biological mother but hung up when she heard her voice.
The teen first met her biological parents when Mobley and Aiken, who had separated after the abduction, raced to see her following Williams’ arrest.
Mobley has spent the last 12 months forging new ties with her biological parents, Shanara Mobley, 36, and Craig Aiken, 42, as well as getting to know the numerous siblings she never realized she had.