After 18 years of living a lie, teen kidnapped at birth finally discovers her supposed mother is a fraud and now a felon


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Kamiyah Mobley, 18, who was kidnapped from a Florida hospital at birth by a woman dressed as a nurse, has come out in defense of her abductor after she was found living with her in South Carolina. Gloria Williams, who Mobley believed was her real mother all this time, was arrested Friday and charged with kidnapping.

“My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted,” Mobley, who has been living under the name Alexis Manigo wrote on Facebook. “My mother is no felon.”

Williams is being held without bail, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams. She could spend up to life in prison if convicted.

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Mobley was snatched from the arms of her mother, Shanara Mobley, at the University Medical Center in Jacksonville in July 1998. Officials have started the process of reuniting Mobley with the couple that lost their child when she was only hours old. According to Walterboro Live, Williams had suffered a miscarriage about a week before she drove from South Carolina to Florida and abducted baby Kamiyah.

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Kamiyah Mobley’s birth parents, Shanar and Craig Aiken, cried when they spoke to their daughter over FaceTime.

The teenager was allowed to spend a few minutes with the woman who tricked her for nearly two decades to believe she was her mother.

Neighbors were shocked to find out what was going on. They say Williams was employed as a social worker, volunteered and attended church every Sunday. They say she was simply a normal person by appearances and that Kamiya Mobley never showed any signs of being in a stressful relationship at home.

“She wasn’t an abused child or a child who got in trouble. But she grew up with a lie for 18 years,” neighbor Joseph Jenkins told the Associated Press.

Below is a photo gallery showing the young woman and Williams.

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Tesha Stephens, Williams’ cousin, spoke with reporters Friday and said the news was all new to everyone in the family.

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“Right now she’s holding up,” Stephens said of Kamiyah. “She’s processing, everything and she’s probably going to have to take this day-by-day. This was something brand new to all of us.”

The kidnapping made national news in 1998 and accumulated more than 2,500 tips over he next decade. Finally, a tip received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last year that led Jacksonville police to South Carolina. The source of the tip has not been identified. A DNA sample taken from teen was matched to DNA taken on the day Kamiyah was born.

Shanara, Kamiyah’s biological mother, has had three children since. Her father Craig said he can’t wait for her to come home.

“It’s been 18 years, I can’t wait no longer,” he said.

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