Abduction of Kamiyah Mobley

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Kamiyah Mobley
Born
Kamiyah Teresiah Tasha Mobley

(1998-07-10) July 10, 1998 (age 22)
DisappearedJuly 10, 1998 (1998-07-10)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
StatusRecovered alive after 18 years
Other namesAlexis Manigo
Known forFormer missing person
Parents
  • Craig Aiken (father)
  • Shanara Mobley (mother)

Kamiyah Teresiah Tasha Mobley was abducted from a Florida hospital on July 10, 1998 when she was only eight hours old.[1] In January 2017, she was found alive in Walterboro, South Carolina. DNA testing proved that she was not the daughter of Gloria Williams, her abductor.[2] She had been raised under the name Alexis Kelli Manigo.[2]

Her biological mother in Florida, Shanara Mobley, was awarded US$1.5 million after settling a lawsuit against the former University Medical Center.[1] She has since had three other children.[1]

Abduction[edit]

Kamiyah Mobley was born on July 10, 1998, to sixteen-year-old Shanara Mobley.[1] She was abducted eight hours after birth by a woman impersonating a nurse,[3] reportedly dressed in hospital attire, who entered the room, assisted and conversed with the mother, and later walked out of the room with Kamiyah in her arms. Employees initially believed that the woman who kidnapped Kamiyah was a member of the Mobley family. Shanara was interviewed later, pleading for the return of her daughter.[1]

The abductor was believed to be between 25 and 35 years old and possibly wore a pair of glasses and a wig. She was dressed in a floral blue smock and green scrub pants. It is known that Gloria Williams, about 33 at the time, later forged documents to create a new identity for Mobley.[1] Williams was in an abusive relationship and had just miscarried a child a week before, which is believed to be her motive for the abduction.[4][5]

Investigation and recovery[edit]

The news of the kidnapping and her being found made national headlines in 2017.[1] Because there were no photographs taken of Kamiyah before her abduction, a computer-generated composite of her was created to distribute to the media. Distinctive features, such as Mongolian spots and an umbilical hernia, were included in reports. After a series of tips, Mobley was swabbed, and a DNA sample taken from Mobley after she was born was matched to a swab taken from the potential match.[1]

After the match was confirmed, Mobley was described as "in good health but overwhelmed".[2] She had been living in South Carolina under the name Alexis Manigo and had since graduated from Colleton County High School and had a boyfriend.[1] She had been raised alongside Gloria Williams' two other children.[4] Mobley connected with her father and grandmother over FaceTime and planned to reunite with other biological family members in person.[3] She had never met her biological father, as he was incarcerated at the time of her birth for drug possession and delivery and because he was 19 while Shanara was 15 at the time of Kamiyah's conception.

Williams was arrested in South Carolina and extradited to Florida,[1][4] where she was charged with kidnapping and interfering with custody.[1][3] She had a prior history with law enforcement, having previously been charged with check and welfare fraud.[3] Mobley described Williams as "no felon" and insisted that Williams raised her with "everything [she] needed".[4]

In February 2018, Williams pleaded guilty to kidnapping. She admitted she acted alone in the 1998 abduction.[6]

On June 8, 2018, Gloria Williams was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley. Kamiyah still communicates with her kidnapper, Gloria Williams, whom she still refers to as her mother.[7] Williams is currently serving her sentence at the Hernando Correctional Institution and is scheduled for release on July 9, 2034.[8]

Adaptation[edit]

Lifetime announced a film called Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story which aired on January 18, 2020 as part of its "Ripped from the Headlines" feature film. The film stars Rayven Ferrell as Kamiyah Mobley, Niecy Nash as Gloria Williams, and Ta'Rhonda Jones as Shanara Mobley. Robin Roberts serves as the executive producer.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Family of Kamiyah Mobley speaks to her for first time in 18 years". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on January 13, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Koulouris, Christopher (January 13, 2017). "'She's no felon' Kamiyah Mobley defends abductor mom". Scallywag and Vagabond. Archived from the original on January 15, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Schladebeck, Jessica (January 14, 2017). "Kamiyah Mobley defends woman who abducted her from Florida hospital 18 years ago". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on January 14, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 17, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ News, ABC. "Video: Woman pleads guilty to 1998 baby kidnapping that garnered national attention". ABC News. Archived from the original on February 12, 2018. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kamiyah Mobley's mother says pain lingers after lost child was found". WCIV. Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 10, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Pederson, Erik. "More 'Ripped From The Headlines' Pics Set At Lifetime With Nia Vardalos, Lyndsy Fonseca, Kirstie Alley, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jenn Lyon". Deadline. Archived from the original on December 15, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.