The lady who kidnapped a new child child from a Florida hospital 20 years in the past and raised the kid as her personal in South Carolina was sentenced to 18 years in jail for kidnapping. She can even serve 5 years concurrently on a cost of custody interference.
52-year-old Gloria Williams was sentenced final Friday (Jun. 8) for the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998. Williams testified at her trial that she wore scrubs to appear like a nurse and put the toddler in a bag and snuck her out of the hospital. She stated she was in an abusive relationship and was affected by despair on the time.
Williams stated that when she stole Kamiyah, she had misplaced custody of her two different youngsters and had not too long ago suffered a miscarriage. After the lack of her being pregnant, she drove to Jacksonville from South Carolina.
As the decide learn her sentence, Williams—sporting an orange jumpsuit—stood subsequent to her legal professional and was wanting down as if in prayer, not visibly reacting to the decide’s phrases.
Earlier than asserting the sentence, Choose Marianna Aho stated “there are not any winners and no losers in the case,” which brought about many individuals to undergo, together with Williams. “The household in this case suffered not realizing what occurred to their little one for about 18 years,” Choose Aho stated.
Williams received credit score for 511 days she’s already served, and has 30 days to attraction the sentencing.
Williams raised Mobley—who grew up as Alexis Manigo—in Walterboro, South Carolina till her arrest in 2017. She didn’t inform the lady her true id till the lady came upon she couldn’t get a driver’s license as a result of she didn’t have a sound start certificates or Social Safety card.
After discovering her true id, Mobley advised a buddy about it. The Nationwide Middle for Lacking and Exploited Kids finally acquired an nameless tip about Kamiyah’s whereabouts, which alerted authorities, and Williams was arrested.
In accordance to information reviews, Kamiyah legally modified her identify from Alexis and reconnected along with her start dad and mom Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken (pictured above) since studying her true whosidentity.
Although Kamiyah has frolicked along with her organic dad and mom, she nonetheless helps the one mom she knew. She professed disappointment that Williams was dealing with years in jail, and had pleaded with the decide for a shorter sentence. She was in tears at Williams’ first listening to.
“I consider now that that is over, we will proceed on our journey of therapeutic collectively as a household and assist our daughter on her determination making,” Aiken stated in a short assertion to reporters after the listening to.
Her paternal great-grandmother, Barbara Stewart, advised News4Jax that Kamiyah determined to keep in North Carolina throughout Friday’s sentencing as a result of she didn’t need to have to determine whether or not to sit along with her start household or the household that raised her.
Stewart stated Kamiyah has a protracted highway of restoration forward of her. “Some issues received to be labored out nonetheless, as a result of she loves the woman that had taken her away and she loves her mom,” Stewart stated. “And you realize, typically, it’s simply going to take time for it to heal.”
Stewart stated she believes Williams is sorry for what she did, and although she’s grateful that Kamiyah was taken care of, “that also don’t make it proper.”
Kamiyah Mobley and her start father Craig Aiken appeared on OWN’s Iyanla: Repair My Life however the episode took a darkish flip when Kamiyah went off on the host and her crew whereas filming the episode.
Kamiyah, who agreed to keep in a home with Iyanla in a single day to start her therapeutic course of, verbally attacked Vanzant and threatened to trigger her bodily hurt after she was knowledgeable that her household was advised not to reply the telephone if Kamiyah referred to as to ask for a journey house.
You may watch the episode in its entirety under: