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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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