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Woman sentenced for kidnapping baby, raising her as her own

11 June 2018

A judge sentenced the woman who kidnapped a newborn from a Jacksonville hospital to one year for each year the family suffered not knowing if Kamiyah Mobley was dead or alive.

Gloria Williams posed as a nurse and stole Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville hospital in July 1998 before giving the child a different name, Alexis Manigo, and raising her as her own in SC. She will also be credited for 511 days served.

Gloria Williams pleaded guilty earlier this year to posing as a hospital employee on July 10, 1998, taking 8- pound 2-ounce Kamiyah Mobley from her mother's arms, walking out of the hospital and driving to SC. Gloria Williams posed as a hospital nurse and took the 8-pounds-2-ounce infant from her mother's arms and drove away to a new life in SC.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced on Friday that Kamiyah Mobley is now 18 years old and living in the town of Walterboro, which is located in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Williams didn't tell the girl about her identity until the then teen learned she couldn't get her driver's license because she didn't have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card.

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According to testimony during her sentencing trial, Williams said she was abused by the man she was with at the time of the crime, and had lost custody of her two sons due to the abuse.

According to news reports, Kamiyah did not attend Friday's sentencing hearing.

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.

She had testified that she had no plans to kidnap a child. In addition to telling the judge she believed a death sentence was appropriate, she also asked for an order restricting Williams from contacting Kamiyah.

The story of a baby who was stolen from her mother 20 years ago is reaching its end.

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Williams initially plead not guilty but later changed her plea to guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence. I am your mother Kamiyah! Prior to making statements at the sentencing hearing about the punishment he would like for Williams, Aiken has said he has kept his feelings about the abductor to himself because it would only serve to drive a wedge between him and his daughter. She was suicidal, and is still hurting years later.

"I knew walking into this courtroom this morning that there would be no winners in this situation". Despite today's sentence I would like to deal with the emotional toll this ordeal has taken on my family. Aiken had a bad feeling about that.

Authorities said that Mobley was abducted by a woman who was posing as a nurse.

"I just want to thank God", Velma Aiken said.

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Woman sentenced for kidnapping baby, raising her as her own