Aunt of Carlina White, snatched at birth 23 yrs ago, wants abductor in jail
NEW YORK — The aunt of 23-year-old Carlina Renae White, who was snatched at a hospital by a woman dressed like a nurse when she was only days old, says she wants her niece’s abductor to go to jail.
Carlina was recently reunited with her mother, Joy White, after finding her online. Lisa White-Heatley, Joy White’s sister, was at the reunion between Carlina and her mother.
“It was a beautiful experience,” she said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show. “Her face — she looked just like herself. I just grabbed her. I was so happy to see her. And then my sister started to cry and Carlina said, ‘Mommy, don’t cry.'”
Regina Tyson, the sister of Carlina White’s biological father, described her niece’s relationship with her family as “immediate closeness.”
“This was always what I wanted ever since I found out that lady wasn’t my biological mother,” Carlina told the Post of her newly reunited family.
“I just hope that the officials will be able to get her in their hands so we could just hear her side of the story now.”
Her biological family, meanwhile, says they want justice.
“I want her to go to jail … for what she did and what she did to my family,” White-Heatley said of whoever abducted her niece. “She destroyed my family.”
Carlina had grown suspicious that the family raising her was not her biological family when her “mother” could not produce a birth certificate. Her concern led her on an Internet search where she found a photo of herself on the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.
A mother’s pain
The pain and agony that Joy White must have felt is beyond difficult for most to comprehend.
Imagine for a moment. This 16-year-old mother carried her beautiful baby girl for nine months, gave birth, then grew concerned when her baby spiked a 104 degree fever.
Doing what a responsible, concerned parent should do, she took Carlina to the hospital. She was told by a nurse that she should go home to get some rest.
Not imagining for a moment that this person was not who she claimed to be, not knowing this woman had been hanging around the hospital for two weeks prior to the abduction, she left her baby in what she believed to be the arms of a hospital nurse.
When she returned her baby was gone. Vanished. Carlina was only 19 days old.
Snatched by this “nurse”, Joy has lived the past 23 years not knowing if her daughter survived her illness. She didn’t know if the person who took her kept her or sold her into human trafficking or child slavery.
This young mother lived through the pain and agony of not knowing if her baby was dead or alive, treated well or abused. She didn’t know if she was being fed properly or beaten and starved. These are the thoughts that undoubtedly go through the minds of parents whose children are abducted, especially by complete strangers.
Joy missed Carlina’s first steps, she missed her first word. She never saw her go off to kindergarten. She missed her prom, if she had one, and she missed high school graduation. She missed the birth of her granddaughter.
And yet, through it all, Joy held out hope that her baby girl would be alright. She told The New York Post this week after seeing Carlina for the first time, “I just always believed that she would find me.”
A life of neglect and unlove
This “nurse” had orchestrated a plan. According to Carlina, her abductor is Ann Pettway who was pregnant and lost her baby in 1987. Pettway hung around the hospital, allegedly waiting for an opportunity to snatch a baby and call it her own. She succeeded with Carlina.
While thrilled to be reunited with Carlina, Joy was devastated to learn that her daughter did not have a happy childhood. Carlina’s kidnapper was apparently a drug-user who once beat her with a shoe.
“She didn’t really raise her,” Joy said angrily. “She neglected her and let other people raise her.”
“To take somebody else’s baby and neglect it and not take care of it – you have to be a sick person,” Joy said. “Carlina told me she never had someone to say ‘I love you’ or hug her.”
There is no statute of limitations for kidnappings of children under the age of 18 as long as the child is still alive. Charges could still be brought against those who took baby Carlina.
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Source: CNN, Mail Online