A baby snatched from a Florida hospital 18 years ago is alive, well and living in South Carolina — and the woman she thought was her mom is charged with kidnapping, officials announced Friday.
Kamiyah Mobley was just 8-hours-old when a woman posing as a nurse stole her from her mother’s room at Jacksonville’s University Medical Center in 1998, according to the NY Daily News.
Eighteen years later, a DNA analysis confirmed that an 18-year-old living in Walterboro, S.C., is the missing baby, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said.
The teen — whose new name has not been released — is in good health but overwhelmed.
Police arrested 51-year-old Gloria Williams, who raised the girl as her own, in South Carolina on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody.
The Mobley family is overjoyed by the news, Mike Williams said, but it is up to the teenager to decide if she wants to reunite with her birth family.
Investigators followed more than 2,500 tips over the years. Investigators said several of those leads — including the South Carolina teen’s own suspicions that she was involved in the case — led them to the suspect, the Florida Times-Union reported.
Police did not further explain why the 18-year-old believed she may have been kidnapped.