Woman sentenced to 18 years for kidnapping infant in 1998

Monday, 11 Jun, 2018

A woman who kidnapped a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raised the child as her own in SC was sentenced Friday to 18 years for kidnapping.

Gloria Williams kidnapped baby Kamiyah from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 and raised her as her own daughter.

Williams, who showed little emotion as the sentence was read, was given 30 days to file an appeal on the sentencing, although she can not appeal her guilty plea.

The sentence, including five years to be served concurrently for custodial interference, marks another chapter in a sorrowful family tale that began hours after the birth of Kamiyah Mobley on July 10, 1998, at a Jacksonville hospital.

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. She used fraudulent documents to raise the child as Alexis Manigo in SC.

The Associated Press reports that Mobley did not know her identity until she tried getting a driver's license, but had no valid Social Security card of birth certificate.

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. She had attended last month's sentencing hearing where the state and defense each laid out their cases.

Kamiyah has spent time with her biological parents but still supports the only mother she knew.

She claimed she had no plans to kidnap a child.

Kamiyah Mobley found out about her kidnapping when she was 16 after she asked Williams for identifying documents so she could get a new job.

Williams, now 52, raised the newborn as her own and gave her a solid upbringing in rural SC.

The story of a baby who was stolen from her mother 20 years ago is reaching its end. She has professed sadness that Williams faces years in a prison cell, and had pleaded for a shorter sentence.

Announcing the jail term, Circuit Judge Marianne Aho told a Jacksonville court: 'There are no winners and no losers in this case. I am your mother Kamiyah!

In court, Williams said the kidnapping occurred at a time when her life was spiraling from depression and the torment of an abusive relationship, WJXT reported.

In the 1½ years that Aiken has known where his daughter ended up, he has worked hard to build a relationship with her.

"I would like to deal with the emotional toll this ordeal has taken on my family", he said.

"I just want to thank God", Velma Aiken said. Williams also waived her right to appeal the sentence. "Glad it is all over with".