Kamiyah Mobley Reunites With Birth Parents, Says She Still Loves the Woman Who Kidnapped Her

Kamiyah Mobley (center) with her birth parents, Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken (Facebook)
Kamiyah Mobley (center) with her birth parents, Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken (Facebook)

A young woman kidnapped in 1998 from a Florida hospital was reunited with her biological parents Saturday in South Carolina.

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Kamiyah Mobley, 18, spent 45 minutes with her birth parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley, at the Walterboro Police Department, where the woman who kidnapped her is being held.

“I told her I was glad to see her and that I loved her,” Aiken told reporters afterward. “She looks just like her daddy.”

The New York Daily News reports that Mobley grew up in rural South Carolina as a young girl named Alexis Manigo.

Eighteen years ago, the woman she has always known as her mother posed as a hospital worker and stole her from a Jacksonville, Fla., hospital. She was only hours old.

Gloria Williams, 51, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree kidnapping after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children passed along an anonymous tip to authorities. She faces up to life in prison if convicted on the charges.

Williams reportedly suffered a miscarriage about a week before she drove from South Carolina to the Florida hospital where she abducted Mobley.

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The News reports that an anguished Mobley rushed to the detention center in Walterboro to see Williams, where she sobbed, “I love you, Momma,” as Williams was processed.

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It was there where she met her biological parents.

The News reports that the 18-year-old wrote in a Facebook post Saturday that Williams “raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted.” She added, “My mother is no felon. The ignorant ones won’t understand that.”

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Read more at the New York Daily News.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

DISCUSSION

God, what should the punishment be for this? Because the more prison time this woman gets, the more it will hurt her daughter. This case has me torn...I feel for this woman. She lost a baby and took someone else’s, and that was wrong. But she gave the girl all she needed and wanted for eighteen years. For all intents and purposes, she was a good mom. The girl’s whole world is now rocked, and she needs to rebuild trust and healing, and she can’t do that with her (adoptive?) mother behind bars. I am thankful I’m not the judge on this case.