When a 16-year-old girl tried to get a job, she struggled with the application because she had no Social Security number. She asked her mom why this was the case, and the answer shocked her.
Shanara Mobley was an excited new mother looking forward to raising her baby girl. However, her dream quickly turned into a nightmare in 1998 when a stranger stole her newborn.
The kidnapper posed as a nurse and took the child from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She told Mobley she needed to take the infant's temperature and promised to bring her back in a few minutes—that was the last time she saw her baby, Kamiyah.
Gloria Williams with the girl she kidnapped and raised as her own | Source: facebook.com/FirstCoastNews
SHE DISAPPEARED WITHOUT A TRACE
Authorities undertook a large-scale search and hoped they would bring Kamiyah Mobley home. Their efforts were unsuccessful, and it seemed like the infant disappeared without a trace.
In 2017, 18 years later, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office received an unexpected tip about the Mobley kidnapping case. They discovered that Gloria Williams kidnapped the baby and renamed her Alexis Kelli Manigo.
Gloria Williams with the girl she kidnapped and raised as her own | Source: youtube.com/ABC News
KEEPING THE SECRET
Williams raised the child after she experienced a miscarriage in 1998. She did not tell anyone that she had lost the child, so family members believed her when she arrived home with a newborn.
Surprisingly, Kamiyah was already aware of her kidnapping when she was 16 years old but kept the secret. Williams revealed the truth to Kamiyah when she inquired about her Social Security number.
AN ANONYMOUS TIP
Kamiyah was stunned by the revelation and knew Williams's actions were illegal. However, she loved her and did not want to lose the person who raised her—after all, Williams was the only mother Kamiyah knew.
An anonymous tip led authorities to uncover the connection between Mobley and Kamiyah. Additionally, DNA tests quickly confirmed that they were mother and daughter.
GETTING TO KNOW HER FAMILY
Williams was arrested for kidnapping, but Kamiyah has maintained a good relationship with her and still calls her mom. She also started to build a relationship with her newly discovered family.
It was not easy, and her biological mom, Mobley, struggled to understand why her daughter still loved the woman who kidnapped her.
Gloria Williams cries in court and asks for forgiveness | Source: youtube.com/ABC News
SHE USES BOTH NAMES
Kamiyah tries her best to include the women and accepts both as mothers. She also uses both of her names depending on who she is with. She goes by "Kamiyah" in Florida and "Alexis" in South Carolina.
Her father, Craig Aiken, was also happy to have her in his life. He said:
"It’s been fun for me and the learning process, trying to get to know my daughter. A funny process getting to know her sisters and brothers. It’s been exciting."
ANOTHER KIDNAPPED CHILD
People kidnap kids for many different reasons, and sometimes one parent takes a child away from another. This was the case for a toddler taken to Canada by his father.
He changed their identities and kept the youngster away from his mom. Lyneth Mann-Lewis lost her baby, Jermaine Mann, in 1987.
NEVER STOP LOOKING FOR THEM
Authorities looked for the guilty party, Allan Mann, and only made progress in 2016 thanks to a tip from a relative. The father and son were found in Connecticut, and Mann-Lewis was delighted to reunite with her long-lost son.
She urged other parents to keep looking for their kids. Much like her, Mobley was grateful to get to know her child regardless of the time that had passed.
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