Baby kidnapped at birth almost 20 years ago found safe

Willard RiveraJan 14, 2017

They said the girl, named as Kamiyah Mobley, was found alive and well in SC after being kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital as a newborn in 1998.

Williams posed as a nurse at University Medical Center inJacksonville when she kidnapped the 8-hour-old baby, investigators said.

The Times-Union reports her current identity is being withheld, but it's been revealed she was living with Gloria Williams, 51, who has been charged with kidnapping and interference with custody.

Sheriff Williams says Mobley's birth mother was "elated" to find out that investigators had found her daughter. Officials are not releasing her current name in the interest of reducing any further trauma.

But leads that came in to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children previous year unlocked the mystery and led police to Walterboro.

A year after her disappearance, police had more than 2,000 leads and offered a $250,000 reward for Kamiyah, while the case drew national attention on the TV show "America's Most Wanted", First Coast News reported. Williams was arrested at her home in Walterboro, S.C. home. They told investigators that they had seen her interact with Shanara Mobley hours before the abduction. He couldn't say if there will be a reunion, which will be up to the 18-year-old.

Original composite sketch of Kamiyah Mobley who was found in South Carolina after she was stolen from a Florida hospital 18 years ago.                       JSO
Original composite sketch of Kamiyah Mobley who was found in South Carolina after she was stolen from a Florida hospital 18 years ago. JSO

Sheriff Williams said the teen only found out on Friday morning that her concerns had been confirmed.

The abduction of Kamiyah Mobley from a Florida newborn ward was so shocking that police stopped every train out of Jacksonville and searched each one row by row in 1998.

Ms Mobley's mother, Shanara, was just 16 at the time of her baby's birth.

As for Mobley, Sheriff Williams said, "She's taking it as well as you can imagine". Missing child resources, tips and Kamiyah Mobley's own suspicions helped lead the authorities to her location, Williams said.

She left the hospital with little Kamiyah wrapped in a white blanket.


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