Woman Kidnapped at Birth 18 Years Ago Is Found Alive
Kamiyah Mobley was only eight hours old on July 10, 1998, when she was kidnapped from University Medical Center in Jacksonville. A woman posing as a nurse took Mobley from her young mother, launching a massive search with helicopters circling the hospital and the city on high alert. Thousands of tips poured in over the years, but authorities had no clue where she was. The only picture of Kamiyah was a composite sketch; there was no actual picture of the newborn.
In a seemingly miraculous turn of events, Kamiyah was found alive this week, living in South Carolina. The woman police believe is responsible for the kidnapping is in custody.
During those 18 years, she was being raised under a different name in Walterboro, South Carolina. Then, some months ago, the young woman "had an inclination" that she may have been kidnapped, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Friday at a news conference.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reached out to the cold case detectives at the sheriff's office, and Mobley provided a swab of her cheek for DNA analysis that proved the match, the sheriff said. On Thursday, she found out her birth name was Kamiyah Mobley.
The sheriff said she is in good health, but understandably overwhelmed.
"She's taking it as well as you can imagine. She has a lot to process," Williams said. "I can't even begin to comprehend it."
Police arrested Gloria Williams, 51, of Walterboro, South Carolina, at the home Mobley was living in and charged her with kidnapping and interference with custody. Authorities are not releasing the name the victim has been living under for the past 18 years, according to WJXT in Jacksonville.
The young woman's birth family is rejoicing, but the young woman has been provided with counseling. How and when she'll reconnect with them is up to her.
The Mobleys never forgot about their missing daughter. Her mother, Shanara Mobley, told theFlorida Times-Unionnewspaper on the 10th Anniversary of the kidnapping that on every one of Kamiyah's birthdays, she wrapped a piece of birthday cake in foil.
"It's stressful to wake up every day, knowing that your child is out there and you have no way to reach her or talk to her," Mobley told the paper in 2008.
The sheriff said he doesn't know when Kamiyah will reach out to her birth family. She's only beginning a process of coming to terms with the fact that her true identity was stolen from her.
"She's 18, an adult and clearly a victim in this case," the sheriff said.
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