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Woman Jailed For Stealing Newborn Baby And Raising Her As Her Own For 20 Years (Photos)

A woman has been jailed for stealing a baby and raising her as her own for 20 years.

Gloria Williams posed as a nurse and stole Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998.

She pleaded guilty for kidnapping a baby just hours after birth and was jailed 18 years.

After stealing the baby, Williams changed the baby’s name to Alexis Manigo, and moved to North Carolina where she raised the baby as her own.

Mirror Online previously reported that Kamiyah had forgiven the woman who raised her and begged the court for leniency.

And the trial was given heartbreaking evidence from her real mother as she described the emotional torment of having her child taken away from her.

Shanara Mobley told the court she thought about suicide “every day”, said she still feels the loss deeply, which worsened after watching her daughter refer to her kidnapper Gloria Williams as “mom”.

She told the court: “I always thought about my baby every day, every day, every day. I would catch myself in my car crying, in bed crying, taking a bath crying, doing something with her siblings and crying.

“It doesn’t heal now, I am still hurting. When you’re reaching out to my child – ‘I am your mother Kamiyah. I am your mother!’”

Ms Mobley has called for Williams to face the death penalty.

Williams, who was arrested in 2017, entered guilty pleas to charges of felony kidnapping and interference earlier this year as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

 

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The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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