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Monday
Jul302012

12 Years for Woman Who Snatched Baby 20 Years Ago

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Connecticut woman who dressed as a nurse before snatching an infant from a New York hospital more than 20 years ago was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday on kidnapping charges.

Ann Pettway admitted in February that in 1987, she took a train from her home in Bridgeport, Conn., dressed up in a nurse’s outfit at Harlem Hospital, and took 3-week-old Carlina White, who was brought into the hospital by her parents for a fever.

Pettway told the girl’s parents she was taking the baby for treatment in another part of the hospital, and then took off, raising White as her own daughter for 20 years, according to statements made during the February hearing.

In her late teens, White became suspicious of how she became Pettway’s daughter and searched on an FBI website of missing children for information, leading her to reconnect with her birth family in 2011.

Pettway went on the lam from authorities trying to charge her with kidnapping before eventually surrendering and facing charges. She pleaded guilty in February, avoiding the possible sentence of life in prison if she were to stand trial.

Pettway, now 51, appeared for sentencing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan Monday. Following her time in prison, she will face three years of probation for her crimes.

Carl Tyson, the father of Carlina, said that his daughter is now living in Atlanta and the two chat occasionally. Carlina does not speak with her birth mother, Joy White, Tyson told ABC News last year.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Confessed Kidnapper in 23-Yr-Old Carlina White Case Pleads Not Guilty

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ann Pettway, accused of kidnapping Carlina White from a hospital 23 years ago and raising the girl as her own daughter, pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.

Pettway responded "yes sir" when a federal judge in a New York courtroom asked if she was pleading not guilty to kidnapping. Pettway is accused of impersonating a nurse and taking Carlina White from Harlem Hospital in 1987 when White was just 19 days old.

The not-guilty plea was a surprise since Pettway previously had confessed to police.

When Pettway turned herself in to authorities in January, she admitted to stealing White from Harlem Hospital and told federal agents she was "truly sorry," according to court documents.

Pettway said at the time she stole the baby only after a series of miscarriages and the realization she would not be able to conceive, according to the criminal complaint against her.

Despite being raised by Pettway, White became suspicious of the woman who raised her and took her concerns to the authorities.

When Pettway could not produce White's birth certificate, the young woman began searching missing person websites and eventually contacted the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Authorities checked her DNA against her birth parents and realized she was their missing daughter.

White's birth mother Joy White and biological sister Lisa White were in court Thursday to see Pettway arraigned.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

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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Tuesday
Jan252011

Family of Carlina White's Kidnapper Asks for 'Compassion'

Carlina White pictured with her daughter. Photo Courtesy - Family of Carlina White(NEW YORK) -- The family of Ann Pettway, the woman who confessed to kidnapping Carlina White 23 years ago, has asked for compassion following Pettway's arraignment.

"We say listen, the Whites, we're sorry this happened, but at the same time too, have some compassion for our relative," Brian Pettway, a cousin of Ann Pettway, said.

Pettway, 49, was arraigned on one federal kidnapping charge in Manhattan federal court Monday.  She is being held without bail.  Pettway told officials that she is "truly sorry," according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

Carlina White's biological father, Carl Tyson, doesn't believe that Pettway is sorry.

"She took [Carlina] for 23 years.  Let her get the same amount of time," Carl Tyson told the New York Post.

If convicted, Pettway faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Pettway confessed to the FBI that she kidnapped Carlina White on Aug. 4, 1987 from Harlem Hospital after enduring several miscarriages.

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Monday
Jan242011

Ann Pettway Confesses to Kidnapping Carlina White

Carlina White pictured with her daughter. Photo Courtesy - Family of Carlina White(NEW YORK) -- Ann Pettway confessed to authorities that she kidnapped Carlina White 23 years ago after enduring several miscarriages. Pettway told officials that she is "truly sorry," according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

Pettway is to be arraigned on federal kidnapping charges.

Pettway told the FBI that she took White, then just 19 days old, from Harlem Hospital in 1987.

"When no one stopped her, she took the victim with her on a train to Bridgeport, Connecticut," according to Johnson's court document. "She told her friends and family that the victim was her child."

She told authorities that she tried to create a fake birth certificate for White, renaming her Nejdra Nance, but was unable to create a fake document that appeared real, according to court documents.

Pettway turned herself into FBI officials in Bridgeport, Conn., on Sunday. She contacted authorities through Facebook.

White's worried parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, had taken their feverish daughter to the hospital 23 years ago. Pettway posed as a nurse, took the baby from the couple and pretended to take her for treatment. The couple didn't see their daughter until earlier this month when White's true identity was established.

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Sunday
Jan232011

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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Friday
Jan212011

Police Hunt Woman Who Raised Kidnapped Carlina White

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 has dropped from sight as federal and New York law enforcement officials launched fresh probes into the girl's disappearance from a hospital in 1987.

Anne 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's currently on parole for embezzlement charges in North Carolina, the New York Post reported.

Pettway left her home in North Carolina and did not turn up at her mother's home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she told the Post earlier this week she was heading.

Authorities have not named Pettway as a suspect.  Pettway has defended herself saying that she was a good mom.

"I just hope that the officials be able to get her in their hands, so we can just hear her side of the story now," White told the New York Post.

Carlina 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.

At 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.

The family claims a woman disguised as a nurse took Carlina White.  The woman had reportedly just lost her own baby.

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Thursday
Jan202011

Kidnapped Daughter Reunites with Family After 23 Years

Photo Courtesy - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(NEW YORK) -- Carlina White, separated from her family when she was kidnapped as a baby 23 years ago, followed her instincts to reunite with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson.

On Aug. 4, 1987, worried parents Joy White and Carl Tyson took their feverish baby daughter to Harlem Hospital's emergency room.  The visit turned into horror when little Carlina, 9 days old, was kidnapped.

The family says a mystery woman who had been hanging around the hospital for weeks disguised as a nurse was responsible for the kidnapping.

A $10,000 reward was offered for the safe return of the baby girl, but years passed without her return.  The parents never gave up hope.  They took the money won in a lawsuit from the city and established a trust fund for their daughter in the event of her return.

Carlina was taken to Bridgeport, Connecticut, and, later, Atlanta where she was given a new name, Nejdra Nance, and was raised by a new family, unaware for 23 years that her biological family was actually in New York City.

When Carlina White was unable to get a driver's license and saw no biological resemblance to the people she was living with, she grew suspicious and decided to take matters into her own hands.

She began looking at web sites for missing children, including the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.  Searching for her birth year, she spotted a photo of a baby along with a composite of how the child would look at 19.  The photos looked eerily similar to the baby photos Carlina White had at the house where she was living in Georgia.

Carlina White called the center's hotline and said, "I don't know who I am."

The photo connected her to Joy White.

Carlina White, who is now a mother of her a five-year-old little girl named Samani, met with her biological family last weekend.

Police are now searching for the woman who kidnapped Carlina White. Since Carlina was so young when she was kidnapped, it's possible that she could have lived with more than one family as a child and doesn't remember. 

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