A woman who was kidnapped from hospital hours after she was born has defended the woman who kidnapped her and raised her.
Kamiyah Mobley, 18, said on Facebook, “My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted. My mother is no felon.”
When she was born she was kidnapped from the University Medical Centre in Florida on July 10th 1998. CCTV footage showed a woman dressed as a nurse and wearing surgical gloves leaving with the child.
Gloria Williams, 51, was charged on Friday in Jacksonville with kidnapping. She had raised Kamiyah since birth. She and Kamiyah now live in South Carolina.
DNA testing had confirmed that Kamiyah is the kidnapped child. She was given a different name by her kidnapper.
Mike Williams, Jacksonville Sheriff said, “She’s taking it as well as you can imagine. She has a lot to process. She has a lot to think about.” It is up to Kamiyah if she wants to get in touch with her biological family or not.
Police have described her as “healthy” and “normal.” They went on to say that she only recently suspected that her past might not be quite as normal as others.
Tip-offs to the Rescue
Kamiyah was found following a series of tip-offs to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in 2016. The case appeared on America’s Most Wanted and a reward was offered of $250,000. Police and the FBI received more than 2500 tip – offs from the public.
Investigators called retired detectives how had worked on the kidnapped baby case 18 years ago.
Mr Williams said her biological family were excited and overwhelmed with emotion at the news that Kamiyah has been found. They spoke for the first time over FaceTime.
Kamiyah has been provided with counselling due to the new realities of her life.