The story of the kidnapping of a Florida teenager has come to a sad end as the woman, Gloria Williams, who kidnapped and then raised Alexis Manigo has plead guilty. Born Kamiyah Mobley, Manigo will appear on an upcoming Iyanla, Fix My Life episode. She says that despite her mother’s crime, she still loves her, but the experience has been traumatic.
According to law enforcement, Williams pretended to be a nurse and seized the newborn when her mother, Shanara Mobley, asked Williams to place her daughter in a baby carrier. Instead of putting the newborn down and giving her mother some rest, Williams fled with the baby.
Williams told Aiken she’d be back in 15 minutes, instead, she vanished.
Authorities say Williams falsified documents and raised the child, which she renamed Alexis Manigo, in South Carolina.
As a result of the deal she struck with prosecutors, Williams is facing 22 years in prison for kidnapping and an additional five years for interference, but the final decision is up to the judge in her case.
Though a DNA test has confirmed Manigo is Kamiyah Mobley, and she was able to meet her biological parents and family members, the young woman is standing by the woman who raised her.
“I still feel the same way about her,” the now 19-year-old said. “My feelings toward my mother will never change.”
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