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Father Reconnects with Daughter Kidnapped as Baby

Carlina White pictured with her daughter. Photo Courtesy - Family of Carlina White(NEW YORK) -- The father of the woman known as Carlina White, who was kidnapped as a baby 23 years ago, says his relationship with his daughter is slowly growing since their miraculous reunion.

"I know it's going to take time, so I'm willing to put in that time," Carl Tyson said.  "In this relationship, you can't push nothing.  There's 23 years I can't get back.  Everything has to start from here and work its way."

Tyson said he and his daughter, who was kidnapped from a New York hospital, text each other every day and talk by phone every few days.

"We text in the morning, say good morning," Tyson said.  "Every couple of days, [I say] I want to hear your voice."

Tyson said his daughter, who currently lives in Atlanta, recently received her birth certificate.  He said his daughter's actual birth name is Carlina Renee Tyson, not Carlina White.

Tyson's description of his relationship with his daughter differs from the relationship Joy White, Carlina's mother, says she has with her daughter.  White and Tyson are no longer a couple.

Appearing on NBC's Today show Tuesday, Joy White said she and her daughter rarely talk and are like strangers. 

Ann Pettway, the woman who Carlina White has called mom for most of her life, confessed to kidnapping the child when she surrendered to authorities in January.  Pettway remains in custody, and the announcement of whether a grand jury would return a federal kidnapping indictment against her has been deferred for another two weeks.

"I hope she gets 23 years. She took 23 from me," Tyson said. ´╗┐

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Woman Who Raised Kidnapped Girl Carlina White Surrenders

Carlina White pictured with her daughter. Photo Courtesy - Family of Carlina White(NEW YORK) -- The woman who raised kidnapped girl Carlina White for 23 years and was wanted for questioning in the girl's abduction turned herself in to police on Sunday.

Ann Pettway, who had dropped from sight after federal and New York law enforcement officials launched fresh probes into the girl's disappearance from a hospital in 1987, surrendered in Bridgeport, Conn., where her mother lives, according to officials.

Pettway, the woman White called Mom while growing up, has several aliases as well as a criminal history that includes charges of embezzlement, forgery, theft and drugs. She is on parole for embezzlement charges in North Carolina, where she lives, the New York Post reported.

Authorities have not called Pettway a suspect, and the woman has defended herself saying that she was a good mom.

White has since been reunited with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, and has described a childhood of abuse, telling the New York Post that the woman hit her and threw things like shoes at her.

When she was just 19 days old, Carlina White was abducted from Harlem Hospital on Aug. 4, 1987. Her worried parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, had taken their feverish baby to the hospital.

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