Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Woman kidnapped as newborn from Jacksonville hospital in 1998 found alive

Woman kidnapped as newborn from Jacksonville hospital in 1998 found alive

Mobley, who was raised in SC as Alexis Manigo, was kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital on July 10, 1998.

She will also serve five years concurrently on a charge of federal custody interference.

Kamiyah Mobley, who was raised with the name Alexis Kelly Manigo, sits in the courtroom before the sentencing hearing of Gloria Williams, May 3, 2018 at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gloria Williams is accused of kidnapping newborn Kamiyah Mobleyin 1998.

The baby was only hours old when a woman, dressed as a nurse in a flowered smock and green hospital trousers, abducted her from her mother's room, according to the 1998 incident report. After the loss of her pregnancy, she drove to Jacksonville from SC. She was living under a different name established through fraudulent documents, the sheriff said, declining to release that name.

It wasn't until Manigo failed to get a drivers licence because she didn't have a birth certificate or security card that Williams told her the truth. And then someone else did too. She was extradited to Florida in January 2017. "It was finding Kamiyah Mobley that had the joy to it".

The Florida Times-Union reported the young woman eventually met her birth parents but continues to support the only woman she's known as her mother.

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Mobley's daughter did not attend the sentencing. She looked down as if in prayer and did not visibly react to the judge's words.

Williams got credit for 511 days she's already served, and has 30 days to appeal the sentencing. Craig Aiken, the birth father, called for the toughest possible sentence as well. Williams showed little emotion during the announcement of the punishment that comes after the 52-year-old pleaded guilty in February and accepted a deal of 0 to 22 years in prison.

"I first like to thank God for the safe return of my daughter, Kamiyah".

"There are no winners and no losers in this case", Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Marianne Aho said before imposing the sentence, CNN affiliate WJXT reported. She was suicidal, and is still hurting years later. Williams said she was coping with depression and an abusive relationship. She still called Williams, "Mama". A television movie is in the making on the story.

On Friday, Williams stood next to her attorneys wearing an orange jumpsuit as the judge read the sentence.

For Velma Aiken, she said she has been haunted the last 20 years with the only image she ever had of her granddaughter.

Detectives, following a tip to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in August 2016, interviewed a witness who said Kamiyah had claimed she was kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital as a baby, according to the affidavit for Williams' arrest. Her biological family was told that Kamiyah had been found.

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