Gloria Williams sentenced to 18 years in prison for kidnapping newborn and raising baby as her own

A woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday for kidnapping a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raising the child as her own.

Gloria Williams was slapped with one year in prison for every year the child was missing.

"There are no winners and no losers in this case," Florida Circuit Judge Marianne Aho said. "The family in this case suffered not knowing what happened to their child for approximately 18 years."

Williams plucked Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville in July of 1998. Williams raised Mobley, who grew up as Alexis Manigo, in South Carolina until her arrest in 2017.

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Suspect Gloria Williams, arrested in connection to the kidnapping of newborn baby Kamiya Mobley 18 years ago from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida is shown in this booking photo in South Carolina, U.S., provided January 13, 2017. Courtesy of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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Kamiyah did not find out the truth until she found out she couldn't get a driver's license because she didn't have valid documents.

"I can love my grandbaby as my own now," paternal grandmother Velma Aiken told the Post and Courier. She had crossed paths with Williams as the kidnapper was leaving the hospital with little Kamiyah 20 years ago.

"I remain focused on mending my family," Kamiyah's father Craig Aiken told the newspaper.

High-profile kidnapping cases through the years
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High-profile kidnapping cases through the years

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002 when she was 14. She was found nine months later after she was recognized while out in public with her captors. Brian David Mitchell was convicted of kidnapping and raping Smart and was sentenced to life in prison in 2011. Mitchell's estranged wife, Wanda Barzee, admitted to her role in the kidnapping and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Jaycee Lee Dugard

Phillip and Nancy Garrido abducted Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 near Lake Tahoe when she was 11 and held her captive for 18 years. Dugard was forced to live in tents and sheds behind Garrido's home in California. She was found in 2009 after Garrido brought her to his parole meeting and investigators became suspicious. Phillip Garrido reportedly raped her for years and fathered two children with her. Phillip was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison and his wife was sentenced to 36 years to life.  

Nancy Garrido
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Charles Lindbergh, Jr.

Charles Lindbergh Jr., the son of the American aviator, was kidnapped from his home in March 1932. A ladder was used to climb up to the baby's bedroom and a ransom note was left behind. The infant's body was later discovered near the Lindbergh's mansion in New Jersey. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of murder and was later executed by electric chair.

Charles Lindbergh Jr.
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Bruno Richard Hauptmann
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Caylee Anthony

3-year-old Caylee Anthony was last seen alive on June 16, 2008. She wasn't reported missing until a month later when her mother, Casey Anthony, told investigators that a babysitter kidnapped her. The young girl's remains were found in a wooded-area in December 2008. Casey Anthony stood trial for her daughter's murder but was acquitted.

Caylee Anthony
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Casey Anthony
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Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch vanished when she was 10-years-old in 1998 while walking to school. The woman broke free on August 23, 2006, after living for eight years in a small basement area under a garage next to the suspected kidnappers house in Strasshof, 15 miles outside of the capital Vienna. The suspect, Wolfgang Priklopil committed suicide after Kampusch managed to escape.


Carlina White

Carlina White, seen here as a baby and adult, was kidnapped from Harlem Hospital in 1987. As she grew up she began to question if the woman who was raising her was actually her mother. After doing some research she discovered a picture of herself when she was an infant on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website and was eventually reunited with her family 23 years later. The woman who abducted her, Ann Pettway, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Relisha Rudd

8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared on March 1, 2014. She was last seen spending time with the janitor of the homeless shelter where she stayed with her mother. That man, Kahlil Tatum later killed himself but Relisha has never been found.

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Kamiyah has reportedly reconnected with her birth parents, but still supports the only mother she knew. She pleaded for a shorter sentence and was present at a previous hearing.

Williams receives credit for 511 days she's already served. She will also serve five years concurrently for custody interference.

She had testified during the trial that she had no plans to kidnap a child.

"I felt like I was on autopilot," she said. "My life was out of control, I lost everything."

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