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The Latest: Stolen baby story ‘brand new’ to suspect’s kin

The Latest on the discovery of a woman stolen at birth 18 years ago (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

A cousin of a South Carolina woman charged with kidnapping a newborn baby 18 years ago says the revelation is “brand new to all of us.”

Tesha Stephens spoke briefly with reporters Friday outside the Walterboro home of 51-year-old Gloria Williams. Authorities say a DNA test proved the 18-year-old woman Williams raised as Alexis Manigo was stolen from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, where her birth family named her Kamiyah Mobley.

As relatives of Williams came to the young woman’s home Friday evening, Stephens said she didn’t know how the young woman discovered her past.

Stephens said: “Right now she’s holding up. …She’s processing everything and she’s probably going to have to take this day-by-day.”

Asked what the family knew previously, Stephens said: “This was something brand new to all of us.”


2:30 p.m.

Tears of joy are flowing freely today in Jacksonville, Florida, where young woman who was stolen at birth 18 years ago has been able to meet her birth family, in a video call on Facetime.

The paternal grandmother of the young woman who just learned her birth name — Kamiyah Mobley — says she looks just like her daddy. Velma Aiken says that when they spoke over video chat, the young woman acted like she had been talking with them throughout the years, and said she would soon meet them in person.

Aiken knows that her long-lost granddaughter will need time to come to terms with her new identity, but she says her prayers have already been answered. She says she always asked God, “Don’t let me die before I see my grand baby’.”

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1 p.m.

Stolen hours after her birth in a Florida hospital 18 years ago, a young woman who came to suspect she didn’t belong with the people who raised her has been found in South Carolina, where police charged the woman she long believed was her mother with kidnapping.

DNA analysis identified the young woman, who now knows her birth name: Kamiyah Mobley, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Friday at a news conference. He said she is in good health, but understandably overwhelmed.

Police arrested Gloria Williams, 51, of Walterboro, South Carolina, at the home Mobley was living in and charged her with kidnapping and interference with custody.