Woman gets prison for kidnapping infant from hospital in 1998

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

A newborn who was kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 has been found living in SC with the woman accused of abducting her.

Gloria Williams was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday for kidnapping baby Mobley from a hospital almost two decades ago and raising the child as her own child. It's a very sad case, and many people have suffered, including Ms. Williams. She was suicidal and is still hurting years later.

After receiving tips that Kamiyah was alive and living in SC, detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office traveled to SC and with police there, arrested Gloria Williams at her home in Walterboro, where she lived with her children.

"The family in this case suffered not knowing what happened to their child for approximately 18 years".

On Friday, Williams stood next to her attorneys wearing an orange jumpsuit as the judge read the sentence. She didn't tell the girl of her true identity until the girl discovered she couldn't get a driver's license because she didn't have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card. "She was actually getting her master's [degree] before she was incarcerated".

Shanara Mobley was very emotional during her testimony. Eventually, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received an anonymous tip about Kamiyah's whereabouts, and authorities were alerted and Williams arrested.

She said Williams still treats her like a daughter.

Williams said he did not know if Kamiyah planned on reuniting with her biological parents.

Mobley said not much has changed since Williams' learned her fate in a Jacksonville courtroom almost four months after pleading guilty to taking Kamiyah Mobley on July 10, 1998.

"We actually talked today", she said of Williams.

In addition to the kidnapping sentence, Williams, 52, will serve five years concurrently for custodial interference.

Kamiyah did not attend Friday's sentencing hearing, according to news reports.

In an ABC News interview, 19-year-old Mobley spoke lovingly about Williams and says she still calls her "mom" on jailhouse calls. After the loss of her pregnancy, she drove to Jacksonville from SC.

Defense attorney Diana Johnson stands with Gloria Williams as she enters a guilty plea on charges of kidnapping and interference during a hearing, February 12, 2018 in Jacksonville, Fla.

"I felt like I was on autopilot". The woman entered Mobley's hospital room and told her mother, Shanara Mobley, that Kamiyah had a fever that needed to be checked.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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