Woman Charged With Snatching Baby In Harlem In 1987 Enters Plea

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The woman charged with snatching a newborn girl from Harlem Hospital more than two decades ago made another appearance in a Manhattan Court Thursday.

carlina white then and now Woman Charged With Snatching Baby In Harlem In 1987 Enters Plea

Carlina White Then and Now (credit: CBS)

Ann Pettway entered a not guilty plea to a kidnapping charge during her arraignment.

When asked by a federal judge in Manhattan if she was pleading not guilty to a kidnapping charge, she firmly responded “yes sir.” Her lawyer said outside court they are searching for evidence that somebody else snatched the infant.

She has been held without bail since being arrested in January, charged with kidnapping Carlina White in 1987.

White was 23-years-old when she was finally reunited with her birth mother, Joy White, who said the reunion was a miracle but their relationship is difficult.

White said she understood why her daughter, who lives in Atlanta, would want to continue her relationship with her adoptive family. She said it’s because they’re the ones who raised her and that’s all she knows.

Pettway has confessed to taking the baby, a criminal complaint prepared by FBI Agent Maria Johnson said.

What do you make of the case? Leave a comment below

Pettway said she had had difficulty having her own children in the 1980s, was dealing with the stress of trying to be a mother and had suffered several miscarriages, when she went to the hospital and saw the baby, Johnson said.

“Pettway took the victim from the victim’s family and this was totally unacceptable. Pettway is truly sorry,” Johnson said Pettway told her in a written statement on Jan. 23.

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  • David Rothberg

    Why would anyone want to kidnap a Black baby? There are millions of them waiting to be adopted legally and the gov’t will help out with financial grants.

    • jtorres

      I fshe was unstable enough to kidnap a total stranger and pass her off for 23 years as her own, I seriously doubt she would have passed any psychological standards that adoption agencies require before they agree to let you take a child home. You also have to prove yourself capable of being a good parent for at lest 2 years before the adoption is finalized. I doubt she would have lasted 2 months

  • lemon pledge cookies

    Ann Pettway is HOT !!! Her photo will come in handy tonight :P

  • S

    There are plenty of babies to adopt….kidnapping is not an option people!

  • E Dawg

    25 years would not be enough. That is kust horrible!!!

  • dottie

    To David Fordison’s comment…

    …so you’re saying, we should let her go, thus justifying kidnapping…here are two words for you….ZERO TOLERANCE…obviously you don’t have children, and if you did, you need to reconsider your comment….it is ignorant and down right ridiculous.

  • David Fordison

    MY suggestion is Pittway was wrong but she took care of Carlina for the past 23 years, can you imagine how much she has spend on this child how stress she has gone through for the past 23 years.
    I think she needs a big consideration in this matter the authorities must carefully look into this case.
    She did wrong by take the baby without the knowledge of the family but she successfully raises her to the age of 23. If she didn’t end something she has to walk free.

    • jtorres

      According to Carlina she did not feel loved or cared about and felt like an outsider. She also said she was physically abused by the family who had her. How is this “taking care” of her? That woman had no right to any child -especially not one who belonged to someone else – when she obviously didn’t know how to raise children.

  • Genie

    I just wonder how she slept at night for 23 years…..that was a heavy burden. She must pay for that no matter how well she raised Carlina…..The right was not her’s and she stole that right from Carlina’s mother. Time cannot repay the injustice.

  • t

    ur crazy she stole someone baby

  • J.W.

    Since in essence she stole the life of the actual parents from having the sheer joy of raising that lovely young lady she should get a life sentence, no excuses should matter concerning the fact she had several miscarriages, she could have legally adopted like millions of other people. She should “Die” in jail fro what she did!!!!

  • Sara

    Not a great women i say throw her in jail stealing a gift from god from another person SICK!

  • Myranda

    Lier that video had absolutley nothing to do with a court case it had something to do about camercial BORING

  • C.J.

    At least she’s not one of them who aborts her babies. Instead she went out and stole one.

    • t

      cj ur crazy she stole someone baby . how would u feel if it was ur baby. grow up stupid

    • Myranda

      whoever wrote this was stupid and was probably related in some way to the woman who kidnapped the baby

      • t

        yes its stupid gtow the f up

  • Tammy

    I think she should get a life sentence

    • Myranda

      u should get a life sentence.

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