Kidnap Victim Now Estranged From Birth Parents
Birth mother says Carlina White has distanced herself
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2011 11:29 AM CST
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(Newser) – The story of the 23-year-old who found her birth parents after being kidnapped as a baby may not have such a happy ending. Carlina White, who was raised as Nejdra Nance, has distanced herself from her biological family, her mother said this morning on Today. When they were first reunited, “I was floating on air,” Joy White says. But now, “it's been pretty tough," and Joy feels she has lost her daughter twice. Joy’s husband, however, said on the Early Show that he still talks to Carlina just about every day.

Carlina met her real parents in New York, but has since returned to Atlanta—and has started using the name Nejdra Nance again. Joy says she is "heartbroken, but I do understand that is her family. She was brought up by them. She's with that family. That's all she knows.” Money has also caused problems—a $750,000 settlement Carlina’s parents received from the hospital was in a trust until the baby turned 21, but is now “gone,” Joy says: “It hurts me that it's about money." Click for more on Carlina's story.

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Arlene
Feb 10, 2011 7:43 PM CST
I think the girl is very messed up, probably because of what she went through but I feel as though she should have stayed where she was. She seemed to just reach out to her parents because she found out that there was supposed to be money for her so it was about the money rather than just falling into her long lost parents arms and never letting go. She was past 21 when she found them and though they were hopeful that she'd turn up one day, life goes on and the mother had a family for whom she probably saw the money as a comfortable life for them. If the parents did not file suit there would be no money unless she could have done it herself as an adult. I think she is loveless and ungrateful! I feel it for the parents!
luis
Feb 10, 2011 1:21 AM CST
Honestly, the whole reunion should not have ended like that because of the money. It is true that the biological mom and dad was awarded the money because it was the hospital's fault for losing her. The money was also in a trust fund until the child turns 21 if whenever she is found. What do you want them to do? I have no doubt in my mind that they tried their best to find her, and it took the daughter at age 23 to realize something was wrong. All I am saying is that she wanted to find her real parents and find out who she is. She should not be thinking about any money, just be happy that she got a real mom who wants to have a relationship with her, shoot most people wouldn't do that.
Aitchondo
Feb 8, 2011 12:48 PM CST
The mother says that it's sad that it is about money, however, it was the child's money, and now it's gone. In two years, someone wasted almost a million dollars? Maybe it was about money all along.