Baby Kamiyah kidnapper sentenced to 18 years in Florida prison

Gloria Williams who is accused of kidnapping the child in 1998

A Florida woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for kidnapping a baby from a hospital almost two decades ago and raising it as her own child.

Now a young woman, the kidnap victim asked the court for leniency in sentencing Williams, who could have received life behind bars for her crime.

After receiving tips that Kamiyah was alive and living in SC, detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office traveled to SC and with police there, arrested Gloria Williams at her home in Walterboro, where she lived with her children.

Gloria Williams posed as a nurse and stole Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville hospital in July 1998 before giving the child a different name, Alexis Manigo, and raising her as her own in SC. Gloria Williams posed as a hospital nurse and took the 8-pounds-2-ounce infant from her mother's arms and drove away to a new life in SC.

Williams raised Mobley in SC.

Williams didn't tell the girl about her identity until the then teen learned she couldn't get her driver's license because she didn't have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card.

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The harrowing court case saw Mobley sob during her "mom's" court hearing, while her birth mother Shanara Mobley begged her to remember what had happened to her.

Williams was extradited to Florida in January 2017 and charged with kidnapping.

In the 1½ years that Aiken has known where his daughter ended up, he has worked hard to build a relationship with her. At a hearing in May, she called out "Mama" after Williams confessed to the judge. I am your mother Kamiyah! Williams was arrested after testing showed Mobley's DNA matched that of the missing baby. She had attended last month's sentencing hearing where the state and defense each laid out their cases. Despite today's sentence I would like to deal with the emotional toll this ordeal has taken on my family.

"I knew walking into [court] this morning that there would be no winners in this situation".

On Friday, Williams stood next to her attorneys wearing an orange jumpsuit as the judge read the sentence. "I believe now that this is over we can continue on our journey as healing together as a family and supporting my daughter with her decision making". She still called Williams, "Mama". "I think she had an idea that something occurred", said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams at a news conference on Friday. Aiken had a bad feeling about that.

Shanara Mobley had no comment when she left the court room, an Action News Jax reporter tweeted. "Let's go.' I just couldn't".

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