Teen abducted 18 years ago says she will have '2 moms,' but still loves accused kidnapper

The teenager snatched from a hospital when she was a newborn 18 years ago says she still loves the woman who allegedly took her when she was just hours old.

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"I love her," 18-year-old Alexis Manigo told Inside Edition.

She came to the defense of the accused kidnapper, Gloria Williams, who appeared in court in Jacksonville, Florida, Wednesday. They speak by phone every day, despite Williams being in jail.

"She did raise me, she did love me; for that I see now fault in her," the teenager said. "She loves me. She loved me for 18 years. She took care of me for 18 years. I am just not going to let that go down the drain."

When asked what it is like to see her mom in custody, she said: "It hurts, but I am dealing with it."

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Kamiyah Mobley meets her biological parents
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Kamiyah Mobley meets her biological parents

Kamiyah Mobley, whose name has since been changed to Alexis Manigo, finally had a joyful reunion with her biological parents -– 18 years after she was abducted from a Florida hospital just eight hours after birth.


Her parents, Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken, hoped that they would one day find their daughter who police said was allegedly abducted by Gloria Williams, 51, after she posed as a nurse and walked out of Jacksonville’s University Medical Center on July 10, 1998.


Manigo, 18, was identified earlier this week through a DNA test after two leads led police to South Carolina where she 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. 


The teen also had an emotional moment with her alleged abductor on Friday in court. 

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.



She added: "I don't think she should be thrown away like some animal."

Manigo said she had a "fantastic" and "normal" life while living with Williams, who she believed to be her mother.

"She was loving, she was gentle," the teenager said. "It is so many ways to describe her, you can't even think of one word. She is fantastic."

"We are getting to know each other," Manigo said of her birth parents, with whom she reunited over the weekend. "We are moving forward."

Read: Teen Meets Biological Parents After Alleged Abductor Raised Her as Her Own Since 1998

While she is learning about her biological family, Manigo says she will still recognize Williams as her mother.

"I have two moms. It will have its challenges, but I am learning how to balance it out," she declared.

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