Abducted as an infant, 23-year-old finds family online, parents cry tears of joy (Slideshow)
NEW YORK CITY — A 23-year-old woman who was snatched from a New York City hospital when she was only 3 weeks old found her family online and has been reunited – her parents cried tears of joy.
Carlina Renae White was kidnapped as an infant on Aug. 4, 1987, by someone posing as a nurse.
The people who took the baby have not been publicly identified, but could stiff face federal prosecution. The investigation is still open.
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The infant spiked a 104-degree fever, prompting her worried parents to take her to Harlem Hospital, where she was admitted.
Joy White, Carlina’s mother, then 16, said a woman dressed as a nurse approached her in the emergency room and told her everything would be fine. Joy went home to rest.
When she returned to the hospital her baby was gone.
Authorities discovered that the nurse’s compassion was actually a cover-up, and the woman brazenly snatched the baby before disappearing.
They discovered the woman had been hanging around the hospital, dressed as a nurse, for several weeks before the kidnapping.
Authorities have always believed that the “nurse” who had comforted Joy was the person who stole the baby, but were unable to find them.
The New York Daily News reports that police managed to track one suspect to Baltimore, but were never able to bring charges in what became one of the NYPD’s coldest cases.
Click here for update: Carlina’s aunt wants abductor in jail.
New identity / suspicions / reunion
During her teen years, Carlina, who grew up as Nejdra Nance in Bridgeport, Conn., began to suspect she wasn’t actually related to the family who raised her and was confused as to why they could never produce a birth certificate.
She finally began doing some online research and found the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website. On the site she found a photo of a missing baby named Carlina Renae White.
She suspected it was her and contacted the organization. The center contacted Joy White, Carlina’s mom, and forwarded a baby photo taken by the family who raised Nejdra Nance.
“I was screaming, I was so excited,” Joy told the Daily News. “As soon as I saw those pictures I said, ‘That’s my daughter.’ I saw myself in her.”
DNA tests confirmed Nejdra, who now lives in Georgia, is Carlina, the biological daughter of Joy White and Carl Tyson, who was 22-years-old when his baby was kidnapped.
“It’s a wonderful feeling. Now I can sleep,” mother Joy White told the New York Post after meeting her grown-up daughter over the weekend. “I’ve been worried for all these years. I never took her picture off my dresser. I never gave up looking for her.”
Tyson told the Daily News he wept tears of joy when a New York City police detective told him the DNA was a match.
“I already knew in my heart that this was my daughter,” he said. “All I could do is shed tears.”
Nejdra, now 23, traveled to New York this weekend with her 5-year-old daughter, Samani, to finally meet her family members, AOL News reported.
“We ate and talked and got to know each other … I feel great,” Joy White told the Daily News.
After their baby was kidnapped, White and Tyson received a $750,000 settlement from the city after filing a lawsuit. The couple split up about a year after their daughter’s disappearance. They went on to raise separate families, but never stopped wondering about their first born.
The Post said the people who took baby Carlina could still face federal prosecution. They have not been publicly identified, but the investigation is still open.
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Source: AOL News, The New York Daily News