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

(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.

Carlina White is seen with her biological mother.   (MSNBC)
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Carlina White's birth mom talks about the problems they're having.   (msnbc)
Carlina White's father talks about their reunion.   (CBS)

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