Baby Kamiyah kidnapper sentenced to 18 years in Florida prison

Gloria Williams

Baby Kamiyah kidnapper sentenced to 18 years in Florida prison

A woman who stole a baby from a Florida hospital twenty years ago, and raised the child as her own has been sentenced to 18 years for kidnapping.

Williams will receive credit for the 511 days she has been held in jail since her arrest and that the sentence would be served concurrently, so her total time in prison would just under 17 years.

Williams pled guilty to kidnapping newborn Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville Hospital in 1998. Williams then took the baby from the hospital in a bag and brought her back to SC. Williams' South Carolina family, pastor and friends who for the longest time had no idea that the girl they knew as Alexis Kelli Manigo was really the kidnapped girl that the nation had searched and prayed for, seemed stunned as they left the courthouse Friday. She didn't tell the girl of her true identity until the girl discovered she couldn't get a driver's license because she didn't have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card. "It is a very sad case and many people have suffered including Miss Williams as a result of her choices on that day", Aho said.

According to news reports, Kamiyah did not attend Friday's sentencing hearing.

In a separate interview with Kamiyah Mobley, The Post & Courier reported that after learning the truth about her identity and meeting her birth mother, she began calling Shanara Mobley, "Mom". In order to build a relationship with her child, Mobley wants to make sure Williams won't be close by.

'We can only ask that everyone respect her privacy, give her time to take things in, and continue to pray for the well-being of each and every person whose life has been touched by this nearly 20-year chain of events. After the loss of her pregnancy, she drove to Jacksonville from SC. "My feelings toward my mother will never change", she told HLN previous year. She was suicidal, and is still hurting years later.

On the witness stand, Williams said she was reeling from depression and being in an abusive relationship.

After the hearing, her father said: 'I believe now that this is over, we can continue on our journey of healing together as a family and support our daughter on her decision making'.

As part of her sentencing, Williams had to agree to not profit from her crime.

"There are no winners and no losers in this case". Williams, who was dressed in medical scrubs, told Aiken she would be right back because she needed to have the baby checked for a fever.

"I just want to thank God", Velma Aiken said.

The Latest on sentencing of woman who kidnapped baby in 1998 from Florida hospital (all times local): 10:55 a.m.

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