Kamiyah Mobley's kidnapper, Gloria Williams, sentenced to 18 years

Gloria Williams who is accused of kidnapping the child in 1998

Gloria Williams who is accused of kidnapping the child in 1998

A woman who kidnapped a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raised the child as her own in SC was sentenced Friday to 18 years for kidnapping.

Williams will receive credit for the 511 days she has been held in jail since her arrest and that the sentence would be served concurrently, so her total time in prison would just under 17 years.

Williams, who showed little emotion as the sentence was read, was given 30 days to file an appeal on the sentencing, although she can not appeal her guilty plea.

Gloria Williams pleaded guilty earlier this year to posing as a hospital employee on July 10, 1998, taking 8- pound 2-ounce Kamiyah Mobley from her mother's arms, walking out of the hospital and driving to SC.

After stealing the newborn, Williams took her to SC, named her Alexis Manigo, and lived as her mother until 2017.

Williams raised Kamiyah - who grew up as Alexis Manigo - in SC until her arrest in 2017.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, suspicions arose when Kamiyah had difficulty obtaining a driver's license because she did not have a Social Security card.

I know I wronged you and I'm so sorry.

Kamiyah did not attend Friday's sentencing hearing, according to news reports'. Kamiyah has expressed confusing emotions about the woman she thought was her mother, and the biological mom she never knew.


'When you're reaching out to my child - I am your mother Kamiyah, ' she shouted, 'I am your mother!' In addition to telling the judge she believed a death sentence was appropriate, she also asked for an order restricting Williams from contacting Kamiyah.

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

"I first like to thank God for the safe return of my daughter, Kamiyah".

When sentencing Williams, Judge Marianne Aho weighed the "unusual psychological trauma" suffered by Shanara Mobley stemming from the crime.

In the 1½ years that Aiken has known where his daughter ended up, he has worked hard to build a relationship with her. Williams was arrested after testing showed Mobley's DNA matched that of the missing baby.

"I would like to deal with the emotional toll this ordeal has taken on my family", he said. Williams also waived her right to appeal the sentence.

In a statement released to Action News Jax, Aiken agreed with the judge's winners and losers comment. Let's go.' I just couldn't.

Authorities said that Mobley was abducted by a woman who was posing as a nurse. "I can start my grandmama days and love my grandbaby as my own".

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