JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBSNewYork) — She thought the woman who raised her was her mother, but police say a South Carolina woman was abducted from a hospital 18 years ago, and raised by her kidnapper.
As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, the woman who raised the 18-year-old has been arrested.
She was born Kamiyah Mobley at University Medical Center in Jacksonville, back in July of 1998.
Just hours after she came into the world police said she was taken by a woman posing as a nurse.
“I want my baby right now. That would be the happiest thing in the world to me right now,” her birth mother said at the time.
On Friday, Jacksonville’s sheriff announced that the girl had been found in Walterboro, South Carolina.
“The same date of birth but a different name. Some further investigation revealed that fraudulent documents have been used to establish that young woman’s identity,” Sheriff Mike Williams said.
Police arrested 51-year-old Gloria Williams on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody. She could face life in prison.
Williams raised the girl.
“I always hoped and prayed for this day to happen,” said Mobley’s biological father, Craig Aiken.
Investigators got their big break at the end of last year in the form of two tips that led them to Walterboro, South Carolina — where a DNA sample confirmed Mobley was living under a different identity.
“She had an inclination a beginning a couple months ago that she may have been involved in this in some way,” Williams said.
On Friday, the 18-year-old could be seen at the detention center where the woman who raised her was being held — understandably distraught.
“She’s taking it as well as you can imagine, but again we have victims advocates up there. She has a lot to process. She has a lot to think about. I can’t even begin to comprehend it,” Sheriff Williams said.
So how does she begin to comprehend this?
“It will be a very difficult time for this woman psychologically for a very long time,” psychologist, Dr. Jeff Gardere said.
“You’ll see some sort of a modified Stockholm Syndrome where this individual will still love this woman who abducted her. Her mother, that’s who she knew as her mother all these years, and also perhaps be confused and loathing her at the same time,” he explained.
Dr. Gardere has not treated the woman, but he did have some recommendations.
“There’s going to have to be a lot of family therapy. Especially since we may see that her biological family will want her right away, but she may not be quite ready yet because she may have to extricate herself as much as she may or may not want to from the woman who abducted her,” he said.
The case is eerily similar to one in Manhattan, CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported. Six years ago, Ann Pettway was arrested for the 1987 kidnapping of baby Carlina White from Harlem Hospital.
Pettway also pretended to be a nurse.
In Mobley’s case, the baby was stolen from her mother’s hospital room, leaving her broken.
“That would be the happiest thing in the world right now for me to hold my baby,” Mobley’s birth mother said in 1998.
Nearly two decades later, they are making plans, to do just that.
“I can’t wait for her to come here so I can be with her for the first time,” Aiken said.
The Jacksonville sheriff said it is up to the young woman how or when she reconnects with her biological family. They saw each other for the first time on FaceTime Friday.
Since her abduction, police have received and followed up on more than 25,000 tips.