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Woman abducted as a Newborn Found 18 years After | “My mother is no felon,” She says in Defence of Abductor



Kamiyah as a baby (Composite image) and Gloria

A 51-year-old woman, Gloria Williams has been arrested by police in Jacksonville, Florida after her 18-year-old daughter ends up being the stolen baby from Jacksonville’s University Medical Center back in 1998.

Kamiyah Mobley was only 8 hours old when she was abducted, and she had always believed Gloria to be her biological mother.

Until now, Kamiyah was known as Alexis Manigo, the name Gloria had given.

At the time of Kamiyah’s disappearance, hospital CCTV footage was too grainy to identify the kidnapper. There were no photographs of the child so police produced a composite image.

Gloria has been charged with kidnapping.

For 18 years, a composite sketch was the only image of Kamiyah the family had.

Kamiyah’s family has been keeping hope alive for the last 18 years that she would be found alive. The woman who stole her posed as a nurse as part of her operation to steal the newborn.

Kamiyah’s mother, Shanara Mobley said Gloria said she was a nurse when she entered her hospital room. She claims that Gloria proceeded to examine the baby before telling her she had a fever and would need to be taken for a “thorough exam.”

DNA testing has revealed that Kamiya is Shanara’s child.

Gloria took the baby out and disappeared.

Jacksonville police says that the family has been informed of the news. “It is up to the victim on how contact will be made. The victim is now an adult.”

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said: “She had an idea that something may have occurred but… imagine her trying to process this. She was abducted as a newborn and needs time to process this… We want to respect her privacy and we ask that you do too.”

However, Kamiya has come out to defend Gloria, saying: “My mom’s no felon”

Kamiya and Gloria. Credit: Facebook

When Gloria was taken into custody, the pair shared an emotional goodbye, with Kamiya sobbing “Momma” and pushing her fingers through a security window.

Later in court, Williams blew a kiss to Kamiya who was in the public gallery.

The teenager responded by shouting: “I love you mom!”

In a Facebook post Kamiya (still using the name Alexis Kelli Manigo) added: “My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted. The ignorant ones won’t understand it. My mother is no felon.”

Source: BBC; UK Mirror 


  1. shady

    January 14, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Awww a mother never gives up. I just saw a picture on the biological mother page (sharana mobley). She baked a cake on her 16th birthday ant it says “wherever you are u are truly missed and very much loved. There was also a video of her crying few days after her abduction she was only 16 but she wept and u just want to hug her and say don’t worry mother this day will come. Hmmm as I write this my two month old son is having a nap on my chest and to think that someone took such precious moments away from sharana for 18 years is mind boggling

  2. Ave Maria

    January 14, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Very bittersweet story, but Alexis Kelli Manigo has grown out to become a very beautiful and intelligent young women. She loves her abductor, Gloria William and the sentencing will just break her altogether.
    Gloria took well care of and provided her with a good surrounding. Still this does not excuse the fact that the deprived her of her true identity and biological family. I hope she can forgive Gloria and try to get to know her family.
    A closer look at her biological family, it seems that they might not be that privileged socially, probably different ways of seeing the world. I wish them God’s blessings.

  3. misslizzy

    January 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Nollywood ohhh come and take new story line lmao….but in all seriousness this is terrible for all parties involved especially the young girl. Gloria deserves to rot i prison for the numerous years of pain she caused that family. The worst part is even with the truth being out, the young girl will still look to Gloria her mother.

  4. Chika

    January 15, 2017 at 4:22 am

    You need king Solomon for this case.

  5. afia

    January 16, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    God i just can’t imagine my baby being stolen away from me…but @mislizzy nollywood actually has a movie with a story line like this. it stars uche jumbo(whose child,a twin being abducted), dakore egbuson, ruth kadiri…. just forgotten the title.
    But for the movie the real mother had to let her daughter go stay with the mother the child has known all her life. it’s just that for the movie she adopted a stolen child…quite a dicey case.

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