A BABY is abducted just after she is born and brought up by a drug-using child abuser. Then, at 21, the changeling discovers her real parents and her step-mother, who stole her all those years ago, is arrested and thrown into jail. That’s the horror story turned fairy tale being lived out right now by Carlina White – who is now 23 years old and has been living under the name Nejdra Nance in Connecticut.
A woman suspected of snatching a baby from a New York hospital in 1987 turned herself in yesterday, January 23, the FBI said, days after her now-adult victim was amazingly reunited with her real mother, reports Sapa.
White was just 19 days old when she was abducted from a hospital in Harlem but says she grew up with nagging doubts she was being raised by the wrong family.
Around Christmas two years ago, White called a hotline at the National Centre for Missing Children, saying simply: “I feel like I don’t know who I am.”
Investigators soon matched her to the unsolved 1987 case and, after a DNA test, she and her real family were reunited.
However, the woman suspected of abducting her was not so easy to track down – until now.
A warrant for the main suspect, Ann Pettway (pictured, left), was issued on Friday for breaking her parole in North Carolina, where she faces embezzlement charges.
White alleges she was beaten by her abductor, a drug-user, and told New York tabloids she had spent her whole life with doubts.
“I’m overwhelmed. I’m just happy. It’s like a movie. It’s all brand new to me,” she told the Daily News, which showed a beaming picture of her on Thursday alongside her real parents.
White’s parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, said a woman who looked like a nurse had comforted them at the hospital. Carlina White was just 19 days old and had been admitted in the middle of the night with a high fever. Her parents left the hospital to rest and found she was missing when they came back.
White had long suspected Pettway wasn’t her biological mother because she could never provide her with a birth certificate. No suspects were ever identified.