(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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