Gloria Williams, the woman who kidnapped Kamiyah Mobley at birth and raised her as her own daughter, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
July 10, 1998, Williams posed as a hospital nurse and kidnapped the newborn out of a Florida hospital. She used fraudulent documents to raise the child as Alexis Manigo in South Carolina.
Below is a photo of Gloria posing with Kamiyah shortly after kidnapping her.
In court, Gloria apologized to Kamiyah and her mother saying:
I know I wronged you and I’m so sorry.
And 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.
Before handing down her sentence, Circuit Judge Marianne Aho said:
There are no winners and no losers in this case. It’s a very sad case, and many people have suffered, including Ms. Williams.
The family in this case suffered not knowing what happened to their child for approximately 18 years.
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. Aho also ordered that Williams was not to profit in any way from the crime.
Williams, who showed little emotion as the sentence was read, was given 30 days to file an appeal on the sentencing, although she cannot appeal her guilty plea.
Shanara Mobley was very emotional during her testimony. She shared how the kidnapping impacted her. She was suicidal and is still hurting years later.
“I’m still hurting when you’re reaching out to my child. This is my child. I am your mother Kamiyah! I am your mother,” cried Mobley.
Mobley wants Gloria Williams to spend a long time behind bars. In order to build a relationship with her child, Mobley wants to make sure Williams won’t be close by.
You may recall, Kamiyah Mobley recently appeared on “Iyanla: Fix My Life.”
Before things went completely left, Kamiyah revealed her relationship with her biological mother is strained because she still loves Gloria Williams and considers her as her mother.
What a tragic story.