Devastated mum of baby snatched at birth demands kidnapper faces death penalty

The devastated biological mother of a baby snatched at birth screamed "’I am your mother!" as she confronted her now teenage daughter in court – after the girl forgave her kidnapper and begged for leniency.

Shanara Mobley was giving evidence in the case of Kamiyah Mobley when she described the emotional torment of having her child taken away from her after the newborn vanished hours after she was born 19 years ago.

Wiping away tears, Ms Mobley, who told the court she thought about suicide "every day", said she still feels the loss deeply, which worsened after watching her daughter refer to her kidnapper Gloria Williams as "mom".

She told the court: "I always thought about my baby every day, every day, every day. I would catch myself in my car crying, in bed crying, taking a bath crying, doing something with her siblings and crying.


"It doesn’t heal now, I am still hurting. When you’re reaching out to my child – I am your mother Kamiyah. I am your mother!"

Ms Mobley has called for Williams to face the death penalty as she awaits to be sentenced after admitting kidnapping Kamiyah.

But the teen has taken a far more lenient approach towards Williams as she revealed she had already forgiven her kidnapper and pledged never to abandon her.

Speaking before Williams’ trial, Kamiyah told Daily Mail TV : "Don’t get me wrong, I do feel like it was wrong – but we talked about it and I can understand at the time what was going on.

"I sympathise with her, I’m not mad at her – of course I forgive her

"I am certain that she’s going to get time but I’m hoping not very, very long – I think they should be lenient. It’s not like she took me and tortured me my whole life – she took care of me very well."

In July 1998, Kamiyah, who was raised as Alexis Manigo, was abducted from her mother’s hospital room at what is now known as UF Health-Jacksonville by Williams, who posed as a nurse and claimed the baby needed to be checked after showing signs of fever.

Disappearing with the child in her arms, Williams remained elusive for 18 years but eventually confessed to her deception when Kamiyah demanded her social security number, according to court documents.

Kamiyah met her parents Ms Mobley and Craig Aiken, who had separated after the abduction, following Williams’ arrest and has spent the last year forging a relationship with her biological mum and dad.

But she still displays strong emotions towards her kidnapper and was seen tearfully calling out to Williams and reaching through metal bars to touch her fingers during her first court appearance.

Williams faces up to 22 years in jail as she waits to learn her sentence.

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