A girl abducted as a newborn in Jacksonville, Fla., 18 years ago has been found alive in South Carolina.
Kamiyah Mobley was kidnapped eight hours into life after a woman posing as a health care worker told the parents she had a fever. The woman never returned after she left the room to conduct tests.
Police have checked around 2,500 tips in relation to the abduction and received one that broke the case last year. A DNA test confirmed the real identity of Mobley, who was raised under the name of Alexis Manigo.
Gloria Williams, 51, was charged with kidnapping Friday morning. Mobley cried against a caged window and said “Momma” when Williams waived extradition to Florida Friday morning, according to WXJT-TV.
Mobley’s birth family, on the other hand, cried “tears of joy” when they received the news.
“She looks just like her daddy,” Velma Aiken, Mobley’s paternal grandmother, told “The Associated Press” after talking to Mobley over FaceTime. “She act like she been talking to us all the time. She told us she’d be here soon to see us.”
Mobley’s neighbors never detected any suspicious signs and described her as a normal teenager.
“She wasn’t an abused child or a child who got in trouble,” neighbor Joseph Jenkins told AP. “But she grew up with a lie for 18 years.”