Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Woman kidnapped as newborn from Jacksonville hospital in 1998 found alive

Woman kidnapped as newborn from Jacksonville hospital in 1998 found alive

Gloria Williams, 52, was sentenced to 22 years in Florida State prison for kidnapping an infant from a Florida hospital almost 20 years ago.

Aho said Williams will receive credit for 511 days she has been held in jail since her arrest and that the sentence would be served concurrently, so her total time in prison would just under 17 years.

After receiving tips that Kamiyah was alive and living in SC, detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office traveled to SC and with police there, arrested Gloria Williams at her home in Walterboro, where she lived with her children.

Alexis Manigo was born as Kamiyah Mobley
Alexis Manigo was born as Kamiyah Mobley

Williams took Mobley just hours after her birth from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital in 1998.

Williams, 52, testified at her trial that she wore scrubs to look like a nurse and put the infant in a bag and smuggled her out of the hospital. Williams' South Carolina family, pastor and friends who for the longest time had no idea that the girl they knew as Alexis Kelli Manigo was really the kidnapped girl that the nation had searched and prayed for, seemed stunned as they left the courthouse Friday. But in 2015 the tale of how a little girl came into the world unraveled when Williams shared the secret of the abduction after Manigo pressed her for her Social Security card so she could get a job.

"I know I wronged you and I'm so sorry", Williams said. Her paternal grandmother told News4Jax that she did not attend Friday's sentencing because she did not want to have to decide whether to sit with her birth family or the family that raised her.

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She claimed she had no plans to kidnap a child. At a hearing in May, she called out "Mama" after Williams confessed to the judge. In 1998 she became pregnant and said she believed the new child would heal the relationship between her and her partner.

The story of a baby who was stolen from her mother 20 years ago is reaching its end. The state had asked for 22 years in prison, the maximum under a prearranged sentence agreement.

Gloria Williams stared at the floor as fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Marianne Aho announced her punishment. She was suicidal, and is still hurting years later. I am your mother Kamiyah! Williams was arrested after testing showed Mobley's DNA matched that of the missing baby. "At this time I chose to remain focused on mending my family together in this situation". Williams also waived her right to appeal the sentence. Aiken had a awful feeling about that.

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Williams went to the Jacksonville hospital and looked at the babies in the maternity ward before she found the room of Shanara Mobley.

"I just want to thank God", Velma Aiken said. "I can start my grandmama days and love my grandbaby as my own".

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