Missing newborn baby abducted from Florida hospital found 18 years later

Kamiyah Mobley was taken from a Florida hospital in 1998

Andrew Buncombe
New York
@AndrewBuncombe
Friday 13 January 2017 18:57
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Woman missing since birth found 18 years later

Kamiyah Mobley was barely eight hours old when she was abducted from a Florida hospital.

Grainy surveillance video captured photos of a woman leaving the Jacksonville University Medical Centre hospital with the infant. Yet despite a huge police operation, they failed to discover the baby, or the person who stole her.

On Friday, in a remarkable development, officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that Kamiyah Mobley had been found alive and well – more than 18 years after she was stolen.

Gloria Williams has been connected in arrested with the abduction (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

Police said she had been found living in Walterboro, South Carolina, with a woman she believed, erroneously, was her real mother. Police said that woman, Gloria Williams, 51, had been arrested in connection with the abduction. Ms Mobley has been living with a name that was not the one given to her.

“She had an inclination beginning a couple of months ago that she may have been involved in this in some way,” said Sheriff Mike Williams.

“She’s taking it as well as you can imagine. She has a lot to process. She has a lot to think about.”

According to WJXT, Ms Mobley’s mother, Shanara, was just 16 at the time of her baby’s birth. According to reports at the time, she was befriended by a woman who passed herself off as a family member to the hospital and a medical professional to Shanara.

A reward for $250,000 for offered for information about the stolen baby

Mr Williams, the police officer, said that Ms Mobley’s biological parents and grandmother were “extremely excited and overwhelmed with emotion” at the news, the sheriff said.

“She appears to be a normal 18-year-old-woman,” the sheriff said.

Over the years, authorities received more than 2,500 tips in connection with the case. On Friday, investigators were calling retired detectives who worked on the case with word of the latest development.

“This is a case like we have not seen in this country in a long time,” the officer said.

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