Stella Dimoko Stolen Baby Found Alive In South Carolina 18 Years On


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stolen Baby Found Alive In South Carolina 18 Years On

For most of her life, Kamiyah Mobley lived as someone else.

A neighbor in Walterboro, South Carolina, described Mobley as a typical 18-year-old who resided with the woman she long believed to be her mother.
Mobley and the woman often got their nails done together, according to the neighbor, who asked not to be identified. The teenager graduated from high school and had a steady boyfriend.

But DNA tests this week revealed that Mobley was abducted from a Florida hospital in July 1998 by a woman posing as a nurse, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Friday.
Mobley was found this week in South Carolina, where authorities arrested Gloria Williams, 51.

Williams was charged with kidnapping and interference with custody, authorities said. She allegedly used fraudulent documents to establish a new identity for Mobley.
Williams' neighbor described her as social worker who always provided for her daughter.
Williams is now facing extradition to Florida, where on a summer day nearly two decades ago she allegedly posed as a nurse and abducted an 8-pound baby girl wrapped in a pink and blue blanket.

Gloria Williams has been arrested in connection with the abduction.

Investigators are talking to Williams' extended family in hopes of learning more. It's unclear whether Williams has an attorney.
Mobley, meanwhile, attempts to deal with the new revelations of her life. The sheriff said the young woman "had an inclination beginning a couple of months ago" that she may have been abducted.
"She's taking it as well as you can imagine," he said. "She has a lot to process. She has a lot to think about."

Mobley was located after a series of tips late last year to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, according to the sheriff. The FBI assisted in the investigation.

In Jacksonville, about 175 miles south of where Mobley was found, her biological parents and grandmother were "extremely excited and overwhelmed with emotion" at the news, the sheriff said.
Mobley seems to be in good health, he said.

'Please bring my baby back'

On July 10, 1998 -- the day Mobley disappeared -- a kidnapper dressed as a nurse and, wearing a blue smock with flowers and surgical gloves, was captured in grainy surveillance video at the hospital.

Mobley's mother, Shanara, who was 16 at the time, told investigators that a woman dressed as a nurse entered her hospital room.
"The suspect remained in the room with the victim and continued helping her and talking with her," said the incident report filed with the sheriff's office.
The mother asked the woman to place her daughter in a baby carrier but she instead left the room with the child, according to the report.

Shanara Mobley believed the woman was a hospital employee. Hospital staff believed the woman was a relative of the Mobleys.

"Please bring my baby back," Shanara Mobley cried during an interview with WJXT at the time. "If you were faking a pregnancy or you just can't have no kids, how do you think I feel... That's my first child."
Sitting in a room with an empty bassinet and unopened baby toys, the mother added, "That would be the happiest thing in the world for me ... to hold my baby and know she's not going nowhere else."

Tips rolled in over the years
The abduction made national headlines. Authorities searched the hospital and surrounding areas. Helicopters were brought in and roadblocks were set up. Hospitals in Jacksonville and beyond increased security in maternity wards, WJXT reported.

Shanara Mobley was awarded $1.5 million after settling a lawsuit against the former University Medical Center, the station reported. She has since had three other children.

Over the years, authorities received more than 2,500 tips in connection with the case. A sample of Mobley's DNA taken at the time of her birth was matched Thursday with a swab taken from the young woman earlier this week.
On Friday, investigators were calling retired detectives who worked on the case with word of the latest development.

"This is a case like we have not seen in this country in a long time," the sheriff said.
So far, there is no word about a possible reunion between Mobley and her biological mother.
"It's up to Kamiyah," Williams said. "She's an adult."

Cnn reportage


  1. Kai!

    It's the young woman I pity most in this case.

    Her loyalties would lie with her kidnapper; the mother she knew, but knowing that this same person deprived her of her biological family, I don't know how she'll take it.

    Having to chose.

    Really messed up situation.


  2. Such wickedness and evil...stealing another's woman baby she carried for nine months,now you have deprived not just the mother but also the child of her mothers love and care from childhood...even if you were not mean to her and cared for her like her real mother would have done don't you know her finding out what you did now will make her hate and resent you with passion....buying or stealing children is wrong please people should stop doing it

  3. I have read/seen countless investigative stories about this sort of kidnappings.

    One happened in South Africa,the woman gave the girl a good life. She never suspected a thing.

    I don't understand the kind of desperation that will make one cause another pain.
    I think the women that do this have some sort of mental problems,maybe triggered by their years of want. Some even already have kids but go ahead to kidnap another.

    If you can't wait patiently for adoption processes,kidnapping ones child isn't the answer. The reason they even run from adoption apart from the long wait is a past they are trying desperately to hide.

    Just sad!

  4. That woman is a smooth criminal, disappeared without a trace, thank God she's finally caught.

  5. 18 years? Adapting to the new family is going to be very difficult.

    1. Hia, wickedness in the highest order.

  6. #When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you*

  7. I can imagine the kind of emotional pain the girl will be going through.

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  9. This woman need to be jailed for a long time. No matter how good she treated the girl, she remain a criminal, an abudctor.


  10. The girl's fake real name is Alexis Kelli Manigo. This is a bitter sweat story. On her Facebook, you can see that she was well raised and never lacked. I feel so sorry for the little girl being torn between someone she adores as a mother and her biological family. May the kidnapper be pardoned and the family forever joined together.

    1. My thoughts exactly...can she be pardoned? Just incase the girl was really happy with the kidnapper...
      Dont know much about the law

  11. Mary (Most highly favored lady)14 January 2017 at 12:40

    Jeez! Bad Robot. I really don't want to imagine.

  12. There's a movie about this. But with different people. Starring that girl in Akeelah and the bee -I can't remember her name. In the movie,the biological mother and the father divorced and married other people. They couldn't cope with the trauma.

  13. Why kidnap someone else's baby and throw the mother into sadness? I'm glad she's finally behind bars. The girl would really find it difficult to adapt but with time, she'll accept.

  14. I saw the news this morning.

    I raise 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 for this oyinbo people. They investigate and solve any case no matter the years.


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