woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades

Two hours after her birth, Kamiyah was kidnapped by Gloria William as her biological mother watched helplessly. The woman then raised her as her own, and the girl knew her as “mom” until the police recently revealed the truth about her shady origin.

Obviously, the girl was quite shaken to realize her “mother” was a criminal.

Gloria William To Do 18 Years In Jail

After the arrest, the woman is to serve the better part of two decades in prison for kidnapping.

woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades
woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades

The crime happened at a Florida hospital in 1998. She then raised the girl as her own.

When she turned 18, the girl needed a social security card. That is when she discovered her name was actually Kamiyah Mobley and not Alexis Manigo.

The Kidnapping Happened As Her Mother Watched

When Gloria kidnapped the girl 20 years ago, she posed as a nurse. She boldly took the girl right in front of her mother.

She did this because she was depressed after losing her child and her relationship, which had been abusive.

Gloria admits that at the time, her life was out of control. And clearly, so was she.

woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades
woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades

Although she let herself do this to another woman for all these years, she was apologetic to Kamiyah and her birth mother:

“I know I wronged you and I’m so sorry. So many days … so many days I just wanted to pick that child up and say, ‘Get in the car. Let’s go.’ I just couldn’t.”

She Raised Kamiyah Alongside Her Two Biological Children

The Fourth Judicial District Judge, Marianne Aho, made it clear there would be no winners in this case and that there would be suffering all around:

“There are no winners and no losers in this case. It’s a very sad case and many people have suffered, including Ms. Williams.”

woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades

Kamiyah was obviously shattered to see the woman she had known as her mother all her life get locked up. Fortunately, she was given a chance to speak to Williams from behind bars.

The fact that she had kidnapped her did not change the fact that the girl still knew her as her mom:

“I love you, mom.”

Gloria had raised the girl as Alexis Manigo using fake documents in the state of South Carolina.

Kamiyah Still Loves “Mom”

woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades
woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades

Today, Kamiyah spends her time with her biological parents. However, that doesn’t mean she has resentment toward her “mother.”

Soon after the shocking discovery was made, she defended her kidnapper on social media.

“My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted. My mother is no felon.”

Her Biological Parents Were Thrilled

woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades
woman sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping newborn, raising her as her own for almost two decades

Kamiyah’s biological relatives were excited to meet the girl. After all that time, it’s quite miraculous that they would finally meet their daughter.

When Kamiyah was taken, her mother was just 16.

The girl’s father, Craig, was also beside himself with joy at the possibility of finally meeting his long-lost daughter:

“I can’t wait. It’s been 18 years. I can’t wait no longer.”

This is quite a shocking and interesting story. It will be fascinating to see how Kamiyah adjusts to having a new family after leaving the woman she still calls “mom” serving 18 years in jail for taking her from her biological family as a toddler.