One Dad's Joy, Another's Heartbreak in Kidnap Case

Kamiyah Mobley, 18, reunited with biological parents; man who raised her is overwhelmed
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2017 7:14 AM CST

The biological family of an 18-year-old snatched when she was a newborn is rejoicing at her discovery, but one person who's not celebrating is Charles Manigo. The baby he named Alexis Kelly—the baby he thought was his daughter—was really Kamiyah Mobley, who was allegedly abducted by his ex-girlfriend, Gloria Williams, from a Florida hospital room in 1998 right after she was born, ABC News reports. Williams allegedly pretended she was a nurse taking baby Mobley for tests, News4Jax reports. Williams reportedly told Manigo she had had the baby while he was away, and for nearly two decades, the two co-parented Mobley, even after they ended their relationship in 2003. "The person she called dad for 18 years isn't her dad," Manigo tells ABC, adding that she told him, "Dad, I love you," at Williams' bond hearing Friday in South Carolina.

On the other side of the feelings spectrum is Craig Aiken, Mobley's birth father, who, along with her birth mom, reunited with his long-lost daughter Saturday at a South Carolina police station and called the meeting "beautiful," per the New York Daily News. "I told her I was glad to see her and that I loved her," he told reporters. As for Manigo, he's still trying to take all of these new developments in, calling the attention "overwhelming," per ABC. "She was the love of my life," he says, adding that while he recognizes the situation, "she's still my child." Probably struggling the most with her emotions in this case is Mobley herself, who's said to have posted on her Facebook page, "My mother is no felon. The ignorant ones won't understand." Williams has been charged with kidnapping and interference of custody. (A heartbreaking scene at Williams' hearing.)

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