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Woman who kidnapped baby and raised her sentenced to 18 years

Gloria Williams and the original sketche released at the time of Kamiyah Mobley's kidnapping.
(Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

Gloria Williams and the original sketche released at the time of Kamiyah Mobley's kidnapping. (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A woman who stole a newborn from a Florida hospital two decades ago and raised the child as her own has been sentenced to 18 years for kidnapping. She will also serve five years concurrently on a charge of federal custody interference.

Gloria Williams was sentenced Friday for the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley in July 1998 from a hospital in Jacksonville.

The 52-year-old Williams testified at her trial that she wore scrubs to look like a nurse and put the infant in a bag and secreted her out of the hospital.

Williams raised Mobley - who grew up as Alexis Manigo - in South Carolina until her arrest in 2017. She didn't tell the girl of her true identity until the girl discovered she couldn't get a driver's license because she didn't have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card.