Kamiyah Mobley's kidnapper finally sentenced to 18 years

Kamiyah Mobley's kidnapper finally sentenced to 18 years

Kamiyah Mobley's kidnapper finally sentenced to 18 years

A judge sentenced the woman who kidnapped a newborn from a Jacksonville hospital to one year for each year the family suffered not knowing if Kamiyah Mobley was dead or alive.

Gloria Williams, who almost two decades ago took a baby girl from a Florida hospital and raised the child as her own, was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison for kidnapping. The sentences will run concurrently and Williams will receive credit for the 511 days she's served since her arrest. Williams, 52, has admitted she posed as a nurse in a Jacksonville hospital to steal tiny Kamiyah Mobley in 1998, just hours after she was born.

Williams fled with the infant to SC, where she lived with the baby under assumed names. She raised the child, who she named Alexis Kelli Manigo, as her own until the Mobley was 17 years old.

Williams didn't tell the girl about her identity until the then teen learned she couldn't get her driver's license because she didn't have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card.

The judge also said Williams can not profit from her crimes while incarcerated.

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She did not attend Friday's sentencing because she did not want to have to pick a family side to sit with. At that time, she chose not to sit with her birth parents nor the many people from SC whom she still continues to view as family.

She claimed she had no plans to kidnap a child. She chose not to testify, but television footage where she is asking for leniency was given to the judge instead.

Williams, now 52, raised the newborn as her own and gave her a solid upbringing in rural SC.

Williams initially plead not guilty but later changed her plea to guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence.

The sentiment echoes what the judge said shortly before announcing the sentence. "I am your mother", she cried out in a downtown Jacksonville court during a hearing in May, News 4 Jax reported.

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In the 1½ years that Aiken has known where his daughter ended up, he has worked hard to build a relationship with her.

After the hearing, her father said: 'I believe now that this is over, we can continue on our journey of healing together as a family and support our daughter on her decision making'. The judge did not mention the possibly of parole but did say that Williams "may not profit from her crimes while incarcerated".

"There are no winners and no losers in this case", Aho told the courtroom. Aiken had a awful feeling about that.

Shanara Mobley had no comment when she left the court room, an Action News Jax reporter tweeted.

"I just want to thank God", Velma Aiken said.

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