Gloria Williams, age 51, is charged with kidnapping at a South Carolina jailhouse hearing, accused of abducting Kamiyah Mobley, now 18-year-old, just hours after Mobley was born in a Jacksonville, Florida hospital.
WALTERBORO, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 13, 2017) (NBC) – A woman who was taken as a baby from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998 has been found safe, Florida authorities said on Friday (January 13), and the South Carolina woman she believed to be her mother has been arrested for kidnapping.
Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was located in Walterboro, South Carolina, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which confirmed her identity through DNA testing.
The woman’s biological family was overwhelmed when they learned the news. It will be up to the victim to determine future contact, he said.
Authorities found Mobley through tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She was living under a different name established through fraudulent documents, the sheriff said, declining to release that name.
The baby was only hours old when a woman, dressed as a nurse in a flowered smock and green hospital pants, abducted her from her mother’s room, according to the 1998 incident report.
Authorities have arrested Gloria Williams, 51, in South Carolina on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody, the sheriff said.
The case generated wide attention and led authorities to pursue more than 2,500 tips, the sheriff said.
Gloria Williams will be extradited to Florida, authorities said, and she faces up to life in prison.