Woman sentenced to 18 years for kidnapping infant in 1998

Woman who kidnapped baby and raised her as her own sentenced to 18 years

Woman kidnapped as newborn from Jacksonville hospital in 1998 found alive

Authorities have arrested Gloria Williams, 51, in SC on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody, the sheriff said.

Williams raised Mobley - who grew up as Alexis Manigo - in Walterboro, South Carolina, until her arrest in 2017. Williams then took the baby from the hospital in a bag and brought her back to SC. She spent five hours with them before she kidnapped the baby. In 1998 she became pregnant and said she believed the new child would heal the relationship between her and her partner.

The JCSO said that a DNA swab was taken from Kamiyah Mobley when she was born.

Eventually Manigo shared the secret.

She then told friends, one of whom tipped off the National Center for missing and Exploited Children.

As part of Williams' plea deal, she's not allowed to profit from her crime. "It was finding Kamiyah Mobley that had the joy to it".

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Kamiyah chose not to attend the sentence announcement of the woman who raised her.

In a separate interview with Kamiyah Mobley, The Post & Courier reported that after learning the truth about her identity and meeting her birth mother, she began calling Shanara Mobley, "Mom".

'We can only ask that everyone respect her privacy, give her time to take things in, and continue to pray for the well-being of each and every person whose life has been touched by this nearly 20-year chain of events. "My feelings toward my mother will never change", she told HLN a year ago.

Williams was given 30 days to file an appeal on the sentencing, although she can not appeal her guilty plea. Craig Aiken, the birth father, called for the toughest possible sentence as well. She has professed sadness that Williams faces years in a prison cell, and had pleaded for a shorter sentence.

"I first like to thank God for the safe return of my daughter, Kamiyah".

Florida Circuit Judge Marianne Aho said there were "no winners and no losers" in this case before imposing the 18-year sentence. She was suicidal, and is still hurting years later.

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"This young woman was abducted as a newborn, and she is going to need time and assistance to process all this", Williams said.

Had Williams gone to trial and been convicted, she could have faced life behind bars. A television movie is in the making on the story. Williams also waived her right to appeal the sentence.

In the courtroom, Aho kept her remarks brief. "I think she had an idea that something occurred", said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams at a news conference on Friday.

For Velma Aiken, she said she has been haunted the last 20 years with the only image she ever had of her granddaughter.

Gloria Williams was sentenced on Friday for the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998.

Shanara Mobley was very emotional during her testimony. Let's go.' I just couldn't.

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