Abducted: The Carlina White Story
|Abducted: The Carlina White Story|
|Written by||Elizabeth Hunter|
|Directed by||Vondie Curtis-Hall|
|Theme music composer||Terence Blanchard|
|Country of origin||
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Pilgrim Studios|
|Original release||October 6, 2012|
Abducted: The Carlina White Story is a Lifetime television film about Carlina White, who was abducted as an infant by Ann Pettway from a New York hospital and solved her own kidnapping and reunited with her biological parents 23 years later. The case is reported to be the first known infant abduction from a New York hospital. On July 30, 2012, Pettway was sentenced in a New York court to 12 years in prison for kidnapping Carlina. The movie premiered on October 6, 2012.
In August 1987, new parents Joy White (Shepherd) and Carl Tyson (Cross) took their 19-day-old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York City with a high fever. Ann Pettway (Ellis), who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a baby, posed as a hospital nurse and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view. While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina (Palmer) as Nejdra "Netty" Nance in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a mere 45 miles from New York City. As Carlina grew older, she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation. After contacting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Carlina was reunited with her biological parents in January 2011.
Abducted: The Carlina White Story was nominated in 4 categories at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards, with Elizabeth Hunter winning for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television). The film also received four nominations at the Black Reel Awards of 2013, with Vondie Curtis-Hall winning Best Director (Network/Cable Television), Elizabeth Hunter winning Best Screenplay (Network/Cable Television), and Aunjanue Ellis winning the Outstanding Television or Mini-Series Performance (Female) over her nominated co-star, Keke Palmer.
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