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Baby kidnapped from Florida hospital found safe 18 years later
« on: January 15, 2017, 10:02:51 AM »


https://sg.news.yahoo.com/news/woman-kidnapped-baby-florida-found-18-years-181222656.html

Baby kidnapped from Florida hospital found safe 18 years later
By Letitia Stein
Reuters 14 January 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A woman who was taken as a baby from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998 has been found safe, Florida authorities said on Friday, and the South Carolina woman she believed to be her mother has been arrested for kidnapping.

Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was located in Walterboro, South Carolina, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, which confirmed her identity through DNA testing.

She appeared to be in good health and "a normal 18-year-old woman," Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference.

"This young woman was abducted as a newborn, and she is going to need time and assistance to process all this," Williams said. "She is taking it as well as you can imagine."

The woman's biological family was overwhelmed when they learned the news. It will be up to the victim to determine future contact, he said.

Authorities found Mobley through tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She was living under a different name established through fraudulent documents, the sheriff said, declining to release that name.

"She had an inclination beginning probably a couple of months ago that she may have been involved in this in some way," the sheriff said.

The baby was only hours old when a woman, dressed as a nurse in a flowered smock and green hospital pants, abducted her from her mother's room, according to the 1998 incident report.

Authorities have arrested Gloria Williams, 51, in South Carolina on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody, the sheriff said.

The case generated wide attention and led authorities to pursue more than 2,500 tips, the sheriff said.

"We are speaking to as many people as we can to try to paint a picture of what may have happened 18 years ago," the sheriff said. "Lots of questions left unanswered."

Gloria Williams will be extradited to Florida, authorities said, and she faces up to life in prison.

 

(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Dan Grebler and Lisa Shumaker)

Re: Baby kidnapped from Florida hospital found safe 18 years later
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2017, 06:02:45 PM »
Weirdness coming from the US always happens in Florida. Always.

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Re: Baby kidnapped from Florida hospital found safe 18 years later
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2017, 09:47:24 AM »
Weirdness coming from the US always happens in Florida. Always.

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Re: Baby kidnapped from Florida hospital found safe 18 years later
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2017, 04:49:02 PM »
Thankfully, this method of baby-napping is almost unheard of today due to tech advances.  Decades ago, many baby-wards were simply wings of a hospital with little additional security, if any.  Anyone posing as a doctor, nurse, or even a relative had the ability to gain access to newborn infants by simply bluffing.  There are numerous documented cases of infants being stolen this way.
  Nowadays, many children are born birthing centers which are isolated from regular hospitals, and they employ several layers of security including RFID tags on the infant, with alarms that will go off if they attempted to be removed, as well as alarms that will go off if they pass through an outer door.  In addition, only authorized staff and relatives are allowed access to the infants.

Check out this report for more info:
http://www.missingkids.org/en_US/documents/InfantAbduction_Stats.pdf
The chart on the bottom of page 2 shows the declining trend between 1983 to 2017.
The map on page 4 shows the number of abductions per state, which seems to closely align with the population of each state, so there doesn't seem to be much of a trend there.  A better map would show abductions per 100,000 people or some similar metric, rather than a raw number unweighted for the population size of the state.

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Re: Baby kidnapped from Florida hospital found safe 18 years later
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2017, 01:44:25 AM »
Weirdness coming from the US always happens with the https://www.taledc.com/penimaster-pro-review-results new Penimaster in Florida. Always.

That's crazy, did the baby know she was stolen?
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