Family and friends are shocked that the child that Gloria Williams raised since she was a baby is not her own as the teen waits to reunite with her birth parents.
Williams, 51, allegedly abducted Kamiyah Mobley, whose name is now Alexis Manigo, when she was just 8-hours old after posing as a nurse on July 10, 1998, according to officials.
Williams allegedly walked out of Shanara Mobley’s hospital room at Jacksonville’s University Medical Center after telling Mosley that Kamiyah had a fever and needed to be examined, according to police. She was never seen again.
Williams had suffered a miscarriage about a week before she drove the three hours from South Carolina to Florida and allegedly took Manigo, according to police.
Manigo, 18, was identified earlier this week through a DNA test after two leads led police to South Carolina where Manigo was living with Williams, according to police.
Though Manigo had a different name, detectives learned that her identity was established with fraudulent documents and they collected a DNA sample to be tested against the missing newborn’s DNA available at the hospital, according to reports.
Williams, who reportedly has two biological children of her own, is awaiting extradition to Jacksonville, Florida, for charges of kidnapping and interference with custody, which means she could face life in prison if convicted.
Manigo reportedly thought that Williams was her biological mother until Friday morning when police gave her the news. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said the teen has a lot to process.
“She’s taking it as well as you can imagine… She has a lot think about, as you can imagine,” Sheriff Williams said.
Williams reportedly blew a kiss to Manigo in court on Friday and the teen responded with “I love you, Mom” after the pair were allowed to spend a few moments together through a mesh screen in the Colleton County Jail in South Carolina, according to News4Jax.
Since the news, Manigo has been able to FaceTime with Shanara and her father Craig Aiken, who both cried ‘tears of joy’ after a detective told them their child had been found.
Her family is planning to drive to South Carolina on Saturday morning to reunite with Manigo, according to reports.
Williams’ aunt, Susan Alls, told the News4Jax that she refuses to believe that the teen doesn’t belong to Williams.
“I don’t think it’s true,” Alls said. “There has to be something going on with the DNA, whatever they did.”
Ruben Boatright, who has reportedly known the family for more than a decade, told the station that he is shocked about the allegations.
“I’ve seen Alexis grow up. “I’ve seen her in church and in the community. She’s very well read, very mannerly, disciplined,” Boatright said. “The family is a good family. You don’t want to think bad thoughts of anyone in your family, and that she would do something like that. But then it’s right there staring you in the face. So you don’t know what to say or do.”
Maya Chung (Yahoo News)