Teenager snatched at birth meets real parents after 18 years [photos]

A girl who was stolen from her mother as a baby has been reunified with her biological parents after 18 years.

Kayimah Mobley was taken from a hospital just hours after she was born but cold case cops discovered her alive

Kamiyah Mobley was reunited with her birth parents after having been raised by a woman who pretended to be a nurse before stealing her from hospital just eight hours after she was given birth to.

The 18-year-old spent almost an hour with her birth parents Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley at the Walterboro Police Department over the weekend, with her 41-year-old biological father saying it was the best day of his life.

He told The Daily Mail: “It was the best day of my life. It was a beautiful, beautiful day. We are so happy. I hope the world is rejoicing with us.”

The trio posed for a smiling selfie while at the South Carolina station, with birth mum Shanara Mobley looking close to tears at finally being with her girl after almost two decades.

Kamiyah Mobley (centre) who was abducted at birth reunited with mother Shanara Mobley and father Craig Aiken

Mr Aiken added: “We laughed, we chatted, we didn’t allow any negative thoughts.

“We didn’t talk about the kidnapping.

“It’s going to be hard for her to turn this into a positive. She’s got very mixed emotions about the woman who raised her.

“But we are going to be there for her, this is just the start of a wonderful future.”

Describing the meeting, he added: “The first meeting was beautiful. It’s a feeling that you can’t explain.”

Shanara Mobley’s baby was taken from a Florida hospital ward in 1998 when she was just eight-hours-old, sparking a huge search.

Kamiyah with her birth mum Shanara during a 45 minute reunion

On Friday Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said DNA analysis identified confirmed an 18-year-old living in South Carolina under the name Alexis Manigo was the kidnapped youngster.

Cops arrested 51-year-old Gloria Williams of Walterboro, South Carolina, on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody.

In court Kamiyah shared an emotional goodbye with the woman who raised her saying “I love you mum!”

Kamiyah Mobley with woman who raised her, Gloria Williams

In a Facebook post she added: “My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted.

“The ignorant ones won’t understand it. My mother is no felon.”

Williams, who has two biological children, is accused of posing as a nurse and stealing the baby girl, wrapped in a pink and blue blanket.

Gloria Williams and the police sketches of the abductor from 18 years ago

She suffered a miscarriage a week before the crime, Walterboro Live reports.

Kamiyah’s grandmother, Velma Aiken, 66, told Associated Press: “She looks just like her daddy.

“She act like she been talking to us all the time. She told us she’d be here soon to see us.”

Neighbours were reportedly shocked to discover Kamiyah’s true identity, never having suspected she was not Williams’ daughter.

Joseph Jenkins told Associated Press: “She wasn’t an abused child or a child who got in trouble. But she grew up with a lie for 18 years.”

One year after Kamiyah vanished, police had more than 2,000 leads and offered a $250,000 (£204,000) reward.

The case was even featured on America’s Most Wanted, but until now all leads ran dry.

The break came from a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Cops found an 18-year-old with Kamiyah’s birth date but a different name – established using fraudulent documents.

A DNA test confirmed that the teenager was Kamiyah.

The Sheriff said she is in “good health”.

Williams could face up to life in prison if convicted.



  1. Very touching. ..in as much as what she did was very bad, since she didn’t harm the girl, but raised her up and cared for her well, then she should be set free

  2. No she shouldn’t be set free. She denied a family the love and warmth of their kid. The trauma and loss of a new born child? You must be kidding.

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