Last week, 18-Year-Old Kamiyah Mobley’s world was rocked to its core. In the span of a few days, she found out that the woman she thought was her mother for years actually dressed as a nurse and kidnapped her when she was only 8 hours old.
She grew up in South Carolina with the name Alexis Manigo, and Gloria Williams, the woman who took her from her parents on the day she was born, raised her as though she was her own daughter.
On Saturday, she met her biological parents for the first time at the Waterloo Police Department in South Carolina for a little under an hour.
She also saw the woman who raised her, the now 51-year-old Gloria Williams, though she was behind a mesh screen that divided them now. The woman blew her a kiss, and Mobley cried, telling her that she loved her. Williams waived extradition to Florida
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The young woman took to Facebook soon afterward to clarify her stance on how she felt about Williams.
“My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted. My mother is no felon.”
The entire story is both bizarre and heartbreaking. Williams suffered a miscarriage a week before the kidnapping, which doesn’t even come close to excusing her actions, but it does explain them.
Mobley, who has changed her name back to her birth name, had a nagging suspicion that she may have been taken as a child, but police wouldn’t comment on what led to that suspicion or what specific tip led them to the victim.
Neighbors said that they never suspected anything was wrong, and that Williams went to work, came home, and went to church on Sundays like the rest of them did.
Mobley and her birth parents are eager to begin building their relationship.