Gloria Williams, who kidnapped a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raised the child as her own, was Friday sentenced to 18 years for the kidnapping.
(Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office via the Colleton Sheriff’s Office via AP)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman who kidnapped a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raised the child as her own was on Friday sentenced to 18 years for the kidnapping. She will also serve five years concurrent on charges of custody interference.
Gloria Williams was convicted for the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley in a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998.
The 52-year-old Williams testified during her trial that she was wearing scrubs to look like a nurse and put the baby in a bag and secreted her out of the hospital.
On Friday, Williams stood next to her attorneys, wearing an orange jumpsuit as the judge read the sentence. She looked down as if in prayer, and not visibly react to the right words.
“There are no winners and no losers in this case,” Judge Marianne Aho said just before the announcement of the sentence. Aho said many people had suffered in the case, including Williams.
“The family in this case, the suffering of not knowing what to do with their child for approximately 18 years.”
Williams increased Mobley – who grew up as Alexis Manigo – in South Carolina until her arrest in 2017. She didn’t want to tell the girl of her true identity until the girl discovered that she could not get a driver’s license, because they do not have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card.
After finding her true identity, Mobley told a friend about it. Finally, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received an anonymous tip about Kamiyah the residence, and the authorities were alerted and Williams was arrested.
Kamiyah has with her parents, Shanara Mobley, and Craig Aiken, but has professed sorrow that the only mother that they ever knew faces years in a prison cell. She came in tears on Williams’ first hearing. She has spent time with her biological parents since then, but still supports the only mother that they knew.
According to news reports, Kamiyah not to attend on Friday the conviction of the hearing.
Williams testified at her trial earlier this year, when they stole the newborn Kamiyah Mobley in 1998, she had lost custody of her two other children and was in a violent relationship that gave her a miscarriage about a month earlier. After the loss of her pregnancy, she drove to Jacksonville from South Carolina.
They had testified that they had no plans to abduct a child.
“I felt like I was on automatic pilot. My life was out of control, I lost everything,” she had said.