Walterboro woman arrested in 1998 kidnapping

Missing newborn found 18 years after kidnapping from Florida hospital

Missing newborn found 18 years after kidnapping from Florida hospital

Mobley was only eight hours old when she was abducted.

For years the mother, Shanara Mobley, believed her child was alive and on Friday, law enforcement announced that 18 years later, Kamiyah had been found. Police officials also announced that they had arrested a suspect.

Perhaps not surprisingly when Kamiyah went to visit the incarcerated Williams whom the 18 year old woman has always known to be her mother, the teen cried out 'momma' reports News4JAX .

"She's taking it as well as you could imagine", Williams said.

Officials said it will be up to Kamiyah to decide whether to get in contact with her biological family, because she is now an adult. But leads that came in to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children past year unlocked the mystery and led police to Walterboro.

Craig Aiken, Mobley's biological father, told ABC News Friday he has spoken with Mobley over the phone and on Skype, along with her biological mother.

She said she still remembers seeing Kamiyah being taken by an unknown woman wearing a nurses outfit in the hours after she was born in July 1998.

DNA analysis identified the young woman, who never knew that her birth name was Kamiyah Mobley, said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

Last Friday, 18 years after her disappearance, the girl was found.

Gloria Williams will be extradited to Florida and she faces up to life in prison.

Missing newborn found 18 years after kidnapping from Florida hospital

She is only beginning a process of coming to terms with the fact that her true identity was stolen from her.

He added that he expects Mobley to visit her place of birth very soon and that the they would take it "day by day" to slowly "transition back to a happy family".

The case brought significant media attention as Shanara tried to locate her child.

Reportedly Williams had miscarried approximately a week before she got in her auto and began driving.

A series of DNA tests confirmed that Mobley was the baby taken 18 years ago, the police sheriff said.

Police launched a giant search for the missing baby and received thousands of tips over the years, but the infant girl was never found.

Sheriff Williams said he has spoken with Kamiyah's biological family, who he said were "overwhelmed with emotion".

"It was like the end of a nightmare", Aiken said. "She was glad to meet us".

All that time, police said, she was being raised under a different name in Walterboro.

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