Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old who was abducted as a newborn from a Florida hospital, is defending the woman who raised her for nearly two decades.
“She loved me for 18 years. She raised me for 18 years … I will always love her,” Mobley said of her alleged abductor, Gloria Williams, during an interview with ABC News.
Mobley, who identified herself as “Alexis,” was just hours old when authorities say a woman posing as a health care worker took her from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital in July 1998. On Friday, officials said at a news conference that Mobley had been found in Walterboro, South Carolina, living under a false identity apparently created for her following her abduction.
Williams was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree interference with custody, prosecutors said — a fate Mobley said may be too harsh.
“From that one mistake, I was given the best life. I was. I had everything I ever needed, wanted. I had love especially,” Mobley said of her life in South Carolina. “I understand what she did was wrong but just don’t lock her up and throw away the key like everything she did was just awful.”
The 18-year-old burst in to tears in court when she saw her mother behind bars.
“That did hurt that they had her in cuffs. She’s a gentle woman,” Mobley said.
Mobley met her biological parents — father Craig Aiken and mother Shanara Mobley— for the first time on Saturday at the Walterboro Police Department, WCSC reported. It was a meeting Mobley says they deserved.
“I feel like I do owe them that, to give them a chance, you know? Get to know them,” Mobley said. “I’m not saying they weren’t going to be good parents. I’m not saying that at all. But it would have been a different life.”