Kamiyah Mobley, the baby kidnapped from a Florida hospital when she was a newborn in 1998, has been found alive and well in SC. But the impossible happened this week when an 18-year-old woman learned she was Kamiyah Mobley, a girl kidnapped as an infant.
Kamiyah, whose identity was confirmed by DNA testing, was living under a different name and believed Williams to be her mother.
A few months ago, Miss Mobley "had an inclination" that she may have been kidnapped, said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, but authorities did not reveal what raised her suspicions.
A newborn baby who was stolen from hospital more than 18 years ago has finally been found, alive and well. Although the biological family had been notified of the discovery and were "elated", the Jacksonville Sherriff's Office said: "It is up to the victim on how contact will be made". The grandmother said they did not want to push Kamiyah and risk losing her again after all of these years.
Authorities found Mobley through tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "She has a lot to think about. i can't even begin to comprehend it", Sheriff Williams said. The woman never returned after she left the room to conduct tests.
"She's going to need time and assistance to process all of this", he said.
Manigo reportedly thought that Williams was her biological mother until Friday morning when police gave her the news. Authorities say Williams was passing Mobley off as her daughter. Ms Mobley has been living with a name that was not the one given to her. I always felt she was alive.
She is in good health but understandably overwhelmed, he said. But there were challenges from the start: No picture had yet been taken of the newborn, so the best police had to go on was a composite sketch.
Williams wouldn't say how, but she had become aware that she may be linked to this case. Within hours, the Jacksonville family were able to talk to her by video chat.
Velma, who prayed she would see her granddaughter before the day she died, said "everyone broken down in tears" during the conversation.
A local woman, Gloria Williams, 51, of North Lemacks Street, was charged with the kidnapping.
"She wasn't an abused child or a child who got in trouble", neighbor Joseph Jenkins told AP. Mobley was in the court room and told Williams that she was "praying for her".