A teenager who was abducted at birth has told her alleged kidnapper, who is believed to have raised her for the rest of her life, that she loves her.
The 18-year-old had been living as Alexis Manigo but is now believed to actually be Kamiyah Mobley, who was taken from a hospital in Florida as a baby.
She was reunited with the people who are believed to be her biological family for the first time in 18 years via video chat.
A woman posing as a nurse took the child just hours after she was born, leading to a massive search with helicopters circling Jacksonville University Medical Centre.
Investigators said a DNA test had confirmed the teenager was the child who was kidnapped and police have arrested Gloria Williams in South Carolina about 200 miles from the hospital.
Ms Mobley walked up to Ms Williams during a hearing and told the 51-year-old: “I love you Mom.”
“My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted,” Ms Mobley said on Facebook, according to the New York Post.
“The ignorant ones won't understand it. My mother is no felon.”
The Jacksonville sheriff said Ms Mobley “had an inclination beginning a couple of months ago” that she may have been kidnapped, according to CNN.
“She's taking it as well as you can imagine,” he said. “She has a lot to process. She has a lot to think about.”
Ms Mobley’s biological parents and grandmother were “extremely excited and overwhelmed” according to the sheriff.
Shanara Mobley, Kamiyah’s apparent biological mother, told the Florida Times-Union that on every one of Kamiyah’s birthdays she wrapped a piece of cake in foil and put it in her freezer.
“It’s stressful to wake up every day, knowing that your child is out there and you have no way to reach her or talk to her,” she said.
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