THE TEENAGER who was stolen as a baby from a Florida hospital and found eighteen years later yesterday praised the woman who kidnapped her and insisted: “My mother is no felon.”
She added: “My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted.”
Police say Williams dressed in a nurse’s uniform to steal Kamiyah from her biological parents at the hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998 and raise her as her own 200 miles away in Walterboro, South Carolina under the name Alexis Manigo.
Kamiyah Mobley has defended the woman who abducted and raised her, Gloria Williams
The revelation that she is not Gloria’s daughter is brand new to all of us
A friend of Kate and Gerry McCann declared: “This is the news they are dreaming of receiving themselves one day. It really does give them renewed hope and some joy.”
Gloria Williams had suffered a miscarriage about a week before she made the three-and-a-half hour drive from South Carolina to Florida to snatch Kamiyah, who she raised with her own two biological children.
Kamiyah’s biological parents (pictured) wept with joy when they were told that she had been found
She managed to connect via FaceTime with her biological parents Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken, who had cried “tears of joy” when a detective told them their “baby” had finally been found alive and well.
A police spokesman said: “Her biological family is elated. But it is up to the victim on whether contact will be kept up as the victim is now an adult.”
At one point during the trial, Kamiyah shouted ‘Momma’ through the courtroom security door
At one stage, she cried “Momma” through the caged window of a courtroom security door and, later, Tesha Stephens – a cousin of Williams – insisted: “Right now she’s holding up.
“She’s processing everything and she’s probably going to have to take this day by day. The revelation that she is not Gloria’s daughter is brand new to all of us.”