Taken

Woman kidnapped when she was a newborn calls her alleged kidnapper a ‘great mother’

Alexis Manigo (L) and Gloria Williams (Facebook).

A Florida woman is facing charges for kidnapping after the discovery that her 18-year-old daughter had in fact been kidnapped from her biological mother in the hospital as a newborn. Gloria Williams, 51, allegedly posed as a nurse and took newborn baby Kamiyah Mobley from her mother 18 years ago under the pretext that the baby had a fever. Mobley, who was raised as Alexis Manigo, learned her true identity after undergoing a DNA test earlier this month. Even after this revelation, however, Manigo insists that her alleged kidnapper has always been a “great mother.”

“I will never have malice for her. I will always love her,” said Manigo. “She loved me for 18 years, she cared about me for 18 years. I just want people to realize that. She made one mistake, but I was loved. From that one mistake I was given the best life.”

“They want me to hate her,” she added, “and it’s not in me to.”

Manigo, who met her birth mother and father for the first time last week, said that she will always think of Williams as ‘Mom.’ Manigo’s biological grandmother, Velma Aiken, said that despite feeling “bitter and empty” towards Williams for “stealing” her “grandbaby,” she was glad that Williams had seen fit to “raise her right.”

Manigo, who identified herself as “Alexis” in court on Sunday, began to cry in the courtroom when Williams was denied bond. Manigo’s attorney, Justin Bramberg, said that people online had begun attacking Manigo and Williams in the wake of the news.

“Until you are in that situation, I don’t think you should be so quick to judge,” said Bamberg. “I want you to ask yourself, ‘What would I say if I woke up tomorrow and I found out that my mother was not my mother?'”

Read the full story at Yahoo News.

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