The Associated Press reports that a woman has been convicted of kidnapping a baby in 1998 sentenced to 18 years in prison. Gloria Williams took baby Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital in 1998 and raised her as her own. Williams will also serve five years concurrently for a charge of custody interference.
Williams, 52, testified in court that she wore scrubs to look like a nurse and put the baby in a bag to take her. At the time, she was suffering from depression and was in an abusive relationship. She did not visibly react to her sentence when it was read by the judge in court.
Williams is receiving credit for 115 days already served. She may appeal the sentence within 30 days.
Mobley was raised as Alexis Manigo in Walterboro, South Carolina. Williams was arrested in 2017, and the girl didn’t know her true identity until she couldn’t get a driver’s license because she had no valid Social Security card or birth certificate.
Mobley told a friend after she discovered her true identity and an anonymous tip was called in to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Authorities were then alerted about the situation and Williams was arrested.
Kamiyah has since legally changed her name back and reconnected with her birth parents, Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken. She still supports Williams as the only mother she knew growing up, and pleaded in court for a reduced sentence for her.
Williams told the court that when she took Kamiyah she had lost custody of her two children. The abusive relationship she was in led to a miscarriage a month before the kidnapping.
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