Kamiyah Mobley's kidnapper, Gloria Williams, sentenced to 18 years

Clay Curtis
June 11, 2018

A woman who kidnapped a newborn baby from hospital and raised the girl as her own daughter has been jailed.

She will also serve five years concurrently on a charge of federal custody interference. She will also be credited for 511 days served. As an infant, Kamiyah Mobley was abducted by a woman named Gloria Williams, who posed as a nurse at Florida's University Medical Center.

Williams fled with the infant to SC, where she lived with the baby under assumed names.

Williams raised Kamiyah - who grew up as Alexis Manigo - in SC until her arrest in 2017.

It wasn't until Manigo failed to get a drivers licence because she didn't have a birth certificate or security card that Williams told her the truth.

'It's a very sad case and many people have suffered, including Ms. Williams.

In a separate interview with Kamiyah Mobley, The Post & Courier reported that after learning the truth about her identity and meeting her birth mother, she began calling Shanara Mobley, "Mom".

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'When you're reaching out to my child - I am your mother Kamiyah, ' she shouted, 'I am your mother!' "We can only ask that everyone respect her privacy, give her time to take things in, and continue to pray for the well-being of each and every person whose life has been touched by this nearly 20-year chain of events".

Williams, now 52, raised the newborn as her own and gave her a solid upbringing in rural SC.

Leniency was the last thing her birth mother wanted. She has professed sadness that Williams faces years in a prison cell, and had pleaded for a shorter sentence.

"There are no winners and no losers in this case", Circuit Judge Marianne Aho said as she pronounced the sentence at 10:45 a.m. The 19-year-old sat through two days of Williams' sentencing hearing in May, however, she declined to testify. I am your mother Kamiyah! She was suicidal, and is still hurting years later. Despite today's sentence I would like to deal with the emotional toll this ordeal has taken on my family.

"I believe now that this is over, we can continue on our journey of healing together as a family and support our daughter on her decision making", Aiken said in a brief statement to reporters after the hearing. The judge did not mention the possibly of parole but did say that Williams "may not profit from her crimes while incarcerated". Aiken had a bad feeling about that.

"I just want to thank God", Velma Aiken said.

Williams went to the Jacksonville hospital and looked at the babies in the maternity ward before she found the room of Shanara Mobley. "Glad it is all over with".

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