This is horrible, sad and at the same time it carries some sort of unexpected joy for the family of the found 18-year-old.
To be robbed of your childhood connection and bonding with your true parents is something that cannot be compensated–that’s exactly what happened to a baby who was stolen 8 hours after birth and now found (18 years later).
According to the BBC, “a girl stolen as a newborn from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, has been found alive after 18 years, police in South Carolina say. Kamiyah Mobley, who was abducted in July 1998, was found after a tip.”
“Authorities in Walterboro, South Carolina, have charged Gloria Williams, 51, with kidnapping. Ms Mobley was living under another name and believed Ms Williams to be her mother. The biological family have been notified of the news.” the website added.
Ms Mobley’s identity has been confirmed using DNA says Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office.
The baby was only eight hours old when she was taken by a woman posing as a health care worker at the University Medical Center, now known as UF Health Jacksonville.
The woman told Kamiyah’s mother, Shanara, that her baby had a fever and needed to be checked. She took the baby out of the room and disappeared.
The case brought significant media attention as Shanara tried to locate her child.
The police say even though the biological parents have been notified, “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.”