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Teen who was kidnapped at birth begs that her abductor mother be spared prison {VIDEO} Should She be spared?

Teen meets her biological parents for first time since she was snatched at birth from hospital 18 years ago by woman who she grew up with and called 'mom' Teenager who was kidnapped at birth breaks her silence

  • Alexis Manigo, 18, gave her first interview since it was revealed that she had been abducted from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital hours after she was born 
  • The teenager said that she does not want to see Gloria Williams, the woman who raised her for the past 18 years, sent to prison 
  • 'She made one mistake, but I was loved. From that one mistake I was given the best life,' said Manigo
  • Manigo met with her birth parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley, for the first time last week
  • She will not reveal when she learned that she had been kidnapped for fear of incriminating Williams 
  • Arika Williams, a friend and 'half-sister' to Manigo, said in an interview on Wednesday that the teenager learned the truth two years ago

The South Carolina teenager who was snatched from a Florida hospital when she was just a newborn broke her silence on Wednesday morning, saying that she does not want to see the woman who allegedly abducted her sent to prison.

'I understand what she did was wrong, but just don’t lock her up and throw away the key,' said Alexis Manigo, who appeared remarkably poised in a sit-down that aired on Good Morning America.

She was referring to Gloria Williams, the woman she believed to be her mother for the past 18 years who is now accused of kidnapping her just hours after she was born.

'She loved me for 18 years, she cared about me for 18 years. I just want people to realize that.'

Manigo then added: 'She made one mistake, but I was loved. From that one mistake I was given the best life.

'I had everything I ever needed, wanted, I had love especially. There is no price you can put on the love that was given to me.'

Later in the interview she said of Williams: 'I still think of her as mom, she will always be "Mom."' 

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Difficult times: Alexis Manigo (above) gave her first interview since it was revealed that she had been abducted from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital hours after she was born

Difficult times: Alexis Manigo (above) gave her first interview since it was revealed that she had been abducted from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital hours after she was born

Behind bars: The teenager said that she does not want to see Gloria Williams (above), the woman who raised her for the past 18 years, sent to prison

Behind bars: The teenager said that she does not want to see Gloria Williams (above), the woman who raised her for the past 18 years, sent to prison

Manigo was born Kamiyah Mobley, and only eight hours old when she was taken from her young mother by a woman posing as a nurse at University Medical Center in Jacksonville. 

A massive search ensued, with helicopters circling the hospital and the city on high alert, but the child was never found.

Then, just a few months ago, Manigo 'had an inclination' that she may have been kidnapped, authorities said, though they did not reveal why she suspected this at the time.

Around that same time, a tip that had been received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that led authorities to finding the teenager and arrested Williams, though it remains unclear who the tip came from.

Gloria Williams waves extradition for kidnapping Kamiyah Mobley

Manigo said in the interview that she speaks to Williams every day, but has not been able to see the woman since their tearful meeting in South Carolina when she spoke to her though the metal grates of her holding cell, just before the woman she called 'mom' was extradited to Florida.

The teenager said she is now struggling with the fact that the woman she loves is facing kidnapping charges, and the fact that some are questioning how she can defend the woman.

'They want me to hate her, and it's not in me to,' said Manigo, who also noted how much it hurt to see Williams in cuffs.

'I will always love her.'

She also spoke about getting to meet her biological parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley, last week.  

'I feel like I do owe them that, to give them a chance, get to know them,' said Manigo.

'When you find out you got another family out there, it's just more love.' 

She went on to say: 'For some it's a victory, but at the same time you do take a loss when someone so dear to you is just snatched like that.'

First time: Manigo met with her birth parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley (above), for the first time last week

First time: Manigo met with her birth parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley (above), for the first time last week

Happy times: 'She made one mistake, but I was loved. From that one mistake I was given the best life,' said Manigo (above with Williams)

Happy times: 'She made one mistake, but I was loved. From that one mistake I was given the best life,' said Manigo (above with Williams)

There is also now the issue of how to refer to the teenager, and the young woman said that people are free to call her whatever name they feel comfortable with at this time.

'It's all a bit much for me, but if you know me by "Alexis" continue to call me "Alexis," if you know me as "Kamiyah," then you can call me that too. I'm not really specific right now. I haven't even thought about that, I'm just taking it one step at a time,' said Manigo. 

'I don't want any malice with anybody.'

Manigo then added: 'Regardless of what you refer to me to, I know who I am, I’ve never questioned myself.

'I know who I am as a person.'

In an interview with People, Manigo's friend and 'half-sister' Arika Williams said that she learned that she had been abducted two years ago when she went to apply for a job.

'She was upset about it. She even stayed home from school the next day,' said Arika.

Arika went on to explain that after Manigo got a job at local seafood restaurant, she ran into problems when she was unable to provide a birth certificate and social security card for her new employer. 

Kamiyah Mobley
Gloria Williams

Keppiung quiet: Manigo (left after her birth) will not reveal when she learned that she had been kidnapped for fear of incriminating Williams (right in mugshot)

Kidnapped: Arika Williams, a friend and 'half-sister' to Manigo, said in an interview on Wednesday that the teenager learned the truth two years ago (Manigo on right speaking with Williams in her holding cell above) 

Kidnapped: Arika Williams, a friend and 'half-sister' to Manigo, said in an interview on Wednesday that the teenager learned the truth two years ago (Manigo on right speaking with Williams in her holding cell above) 

'Lexy didn’t have that so she asked Miss Gloria for it and Miss Gloria kept brushing it off,” said Arika. 

'Lexy kept being hard on her mother, like "Momma, where is my stuff? I want to get this job." Then Miss Gloria just broke down and told her this is why right here, you can’t do this. I kidnapped you.'

Arika claimed in the interview that Williams told her daughter then that she made the decision to kidnap her after suffering a miscarriage. 

'Gloria was pregnant at the baby shower and had people there bringing homemade quilts saying Alexis’ name on it,' claimed Arika. 

'Alexis Kelli Manigo was going to be spoiled regardless but I guess she said she lost Alexis Kelli Manigo. She was going to find Alexis Kelli Manigo and went and got Kamiyah.'

Arika said that after this, Manigo called her birth mother, and after getting through to the woman hung up when she heard her voice.

'Gloria is all she knows. That is Momma to her,' Arika said of Manigo. 

'That is who raised her to who she is now. And no matter what that will always be momma to her.'

Legal implications for Gloria Williams who kidnapped Kamiyah Mobley

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Nurse Kidnaps Baby 18 Years Ago . . . Raised The Child AS HER OWN . . . And Police FINALLY CAUGHT HER!! (The ‘STOLEN’ Child Supports Her ‘FAKE’ Mom)Kamiyah Mobley meets her biological parents for first time since she was snatched at birth

  • Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was reunited with her biological parents on Saturday
  • She has been living in South Carolina as Alexis Manigo her entire life
  • Kamiyah was kidnapped as a baby from a Florida hospital by Gloria Williams
  • The 18-year-old girl was found living with the woman who abducted her 
  • Kamiyah was allowed to see Williams in jail after arrest and cried out 'Momma'
  • The teenager defended Williams on Facebook saying 'my mother is no felon' 
  • Police said Williams will be extradited from South Carolina back to Florida 
  • Girl's biological family had spoken to her on video chat from Florida on Friday 

This is the extraordinary moment an 18-year-old girl who was abducted from a Florida hospital as a baby was finally reunited with her biological parents. 

Kamiyah Mobley has spent her entire life living as Alexis Manigo and had no idea her real parents were Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken.

But days after learning the shocking secret of how she was snatched at birth and raised by another woman, Kamiyah was finally able to meet her birth parents on Saturday in South Carolina.

The trio posed for their first ever heart-melting family photo, breaking into broad smiles with Shanara looking close to tears as her long-lost daughter reached out to capture the shot.

Kamiyah Mobley, 18, posed for a selfie with her biological parents Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken in an emotional family reunion on Saturday in South Carolina

Kamiyah Mobley, 18, posed for a selfie with her biological parents Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken in an emotional family reunion on Saturday in South Carolina

Kamiyah Mobley, pictured with her birth mother Shanara Mobley on Saturday, was snatched from her mom's arms in a Florida hospital in July 1998 when she was a newborn

Kamiyah Mobley, pictured with her birth mother Shanara Mobley on Saturday, was snatched from her mom's arms in a Florida hospital in July 1998 when she was a newborn

After spending nearly an hour with his daughter, Aiken, 41, said of seeing her for the very first time: 'It was the best day of my life. It was a beautiful, beautiful day. We are so happy. I hope the world is rejoicing with us.'

The emotion-charged meeting took place behind closed doors at a police station in Walterboro, South Carolina, where the woman who raised Kamiyah, 51-year-old Gloria Williams, is currently in custody awaiting extradition to Florida to face kidnapping charges.

Aiken, whose wife Shannon was also present, said they chose not to discuss the alleged kidnapping, instead focusing on getting to know the daughter he and Shanara feared they would never see.

'We laughed, we chatted, we didn't allow any negative thoughts. We didn't talk about the kidnapping,' he told Dailymail.com

'It's going to be hard for her to turn this into a positive. She's got very mixed emotions about the woman who raised her.

'But we are going to be there for her, this is just the start of a wonderful future.' 

Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was found living in South Carolina on Friday living under the name Alexis Manigo. Gloria Williams, 51, has been arrested for kidnapping the girl from Florida

Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was found living in South Carolina on Friday living under the name Alexis Manigo. Gloria Williams, 51, has been arrested for kidnapping the girl from Florida

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A newborn baby taken from a Jacksonville hospital on July 10, 1998, has been found alive in South Carolina and officials have charged a 51-year-old woman with kidnapping, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Acting on recent tips, JSO cold-case detectives traveled to Walterboro, South Carolina, and found an 18-year-old woman with a matching birth date to Kamiyah Mobley , according to Sheriff Mike Williams. Detectives learned the woman’s identity was established with fraudulent documents, and they took a DNA sample from her. Thursday night, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab confirmed the woman was Kamiyah.

The 18-year-old, who has been raised with the name Alexis Manigo, was told the results and a woman named Gloria Williams, who the teen believed was her biological mother, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and interference with custody. Williams waived extradition in court Friday and will be brought to Jacksonville to face the charges. She is being held without bond.

Alexis/Kamiyah who is now 18 has spoken out publicly saying that she does NOT consider Gloria to be a criminal, she considers her to be her mother. Alexis/Kamiyah has said that Gloris did NOT abuse her, and raised her in a loving home.

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  • Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was found living in South Carolina as Alexis Manigo
  • She was kidnapped as a baby from a Florida hospital by Gloria Williams
  • The 18-year-old girl was found living with the women who abducted her 
  • Kamiyah was allowed to see Williams in jail after arrest and cried out 'Momma'
  • The teenager defended Williams on Facebook saying 'my mother is no felon' 
  • Police said Williams will be extradited from South Carolina back to Florida 
  • Girl's biological family had spoken to her on video chat from Florida on Friday 

Alexis Manigo burst into tears as she said goodbye to the woman she had called 'mom' for 18 years - the woman she just found out had kidnapped her on the day she was born.

For nearly two decades the world knew Manigo as Kamiyah Mobley, a newborn baby who was abducted from a Florida hospital by a woman dressed as a nurse.

Authorities said that woman was Gloria Williams, 51, who blew a kiss to Manigo as she waived extradition to Jacksonville, where she will face kidnapping charges. 

'I love you mom,' Manigo told Williams as the two shared a moment, separated by a mesh screen in the Colleton County Jail in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was found living in South Carolina on Friday living under the name Alexis Manigo. Gloria Williams, 51, has been arrested for kidnapping the girl from Florida

Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was found living in South Carolina on Friday living under the name Alexis Manigo. Gloria Williams, 51, has been arrested for kidnapping the girl from Florida

Kamiyah Mobley (left in a composite created by police) was kidnapped by a woman pretending to be a nurse (right) 18 years ago

Kamiyah Mobley (left in a composite created by police) was kidnapped by a woman pretending to be a nurse (right) 18 years ago

Kamiyah was allowed to speak to Williams on Friday from behind a caged window before the 51-year-old was extradited from South Carolina to Florida 

Kamiyah was allowed to speak to Williams on Friday from behind a caged window before the 51-year-old was extradited from South Carolina to Florida 

'I love you mom,' Manigo told Williams as the two touched hands between the mesh screen

'I love you mom,' Manigo told Williams as the two touched hands between the mesh screen

Williams then waived extradition to Jacksonville, where she will face kidnapping charges

Williams then waived extradition to Jacksonville, where she will face kidnapping charges

She could also be heard crying 'Momma' through the caged window of a security door and told Williams she was 'praying for her'.  

Just hours after police revealed that Kamiyah Mobley had been found, Manigo took to Facebook to defend her abductor.  

'My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted,' she wrote. 'My mother is no felon.' 

My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted. My mother is no felon. 
 Kamiyah Mobley

The mystery of Kamiyah Mobley became a national sensation when she was stolen from her mother Shanara Mobley's arms at the University Medical Center in Jacksonville in July 1998.

Williams had suffered a miscarriage about a week before she drove the three hours from South Carolina to Florida and abducted baby Kamiyah, Walterboro Live reports

Jacksonville police said the teenager found out on Friday morning that the woman who raised her in Walterboro her whole life was not her real mother.

Within hours Manigo was able to reconnect over FaceTime with Shanara and her father Craig Aiken, who both cried 'tears of joy' after a detective told them their baby had been found.

Her family is planning to drive to South Carolina on Saturday morning to reunite with the daughter they thought they had lost forever.

Meanwhile Williams, who also has two biological children who grew up with Kamiyah, will be extradited back to Florida as soon as possible and is being held without bond, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.  

Relatives could be seen comforting a visibly upset Kamiyah as she saw Williams behind bars 

Relatives could be seen comforting a visibly upset Kamiyah as she saw Williams behind bars 

She could also be heard crying 'Momma' to Williams as she watched the proceedings 

She could also be heard crying 'Momma' to Williams as she watched the proceedings 

It was a highly emotional moment, with many shedding tears in the Colleton County Jail

It was a highly emotional moment, with many shedding tears in the Colleton County Jail

Gloria Williams waves extradition for kidnapping Kamiyah Mobley

She could face up to life in prison if convicted.

The news came as a shock to neighbors who said Williams seemed like any regular member of the community.  

She was employed as a social worker, attended church every Sunday and was passionate about volunteering for the local Veterans Association.

'The family is a good family,' said Ruben Boatright, who has known Williams for 15 years and watched Kamiyah grow up. 

'You don't want to think bad thoughts of anyone in your family, and that she would do something like that,' he told WJXT

'But then it's right there staring you in the face. So you don't know what to say or do.'

Boatright said Kamiyah was a well-mannered teen who was 'very well read' and 'disciplined'. 

He said his opinion of Williams hasn't changed, despite the news. 

'She did that 18 years ago,' he said. 'Eighteen years ago she was a young lady and you don't know what her emotional state was then.'   

Investigators are currently speaking with Williams' family to learn more about the abduction. Authorities have not yet determined Williams' links to Jacksonville. 

Kamiyah's biological father Craig Aiken
Kamiyah's biological mother Shanara Mobley

Tears of joy flowed freely for Kamiyah's biological parents Craig Aiken (pictured left on Friday) and Shanara Mobley (pictured right in 1998 after her daughter was abducted)

Just hours after police revealed that Kamiyah Mobley had been found, Manigo took to Facebook to defend her abductor
'My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted,' Kamiyah wrote. 'My mother is no felon'

Just hours after police revealed that Kamiyah Mobley had been found, Manigo took to Facebook to defend her abductor

A cousin of Gloria Williams said the revelation was 'brand new to all of us.'

Tesha Stephens spoke briefly with reporters on Friday outside the Walterboro home where Kamiyah was raised. She said she didn't know how the young woman discovered her past.

'Right now she's holding up... She's processing everything and she's probably going to have to take this day-by-day,' she said. 'This was something brand new to all of us.' 

Susan Alls, Williams' aunt, remains unconvinced that Kamiyah is not truly part of their family.

'There has to be something going on with the DNA, whatever they did,' she said.   

The sensational news solves a cold case that accumulated more than 2,500 tips and captivated both the city and the country for more than a decade.

A tip received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last year led Jacksonville police to South Carolina.

It was there they found an 18-year-old woman with Kamiyah Mobley's birth date but a different name and quickly discovered that fraudulent documents had been used to establish her identity. 

A DNA sample from the teen was taken and submitted to a crime lab, where it was matched with the original newborn DNA taken the day Kamiyah was born. The test confirmed the teen was, in fact, Kamiyah.   

Gloria Williams, 51, (left) has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and interference with custody. Pictured right is a sketch police released of the suspect after the kidnapping
Pictured is one of the sketches that was released of the suspect, who has since been identified as 51-year-old Gloria Williams 

Gloria Williams, 51, (left) has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and interference with custody. Pictured right is a sketch police released of the suspect after the kidnapping 

Williams was arrested on Friday morning at her home (pictured) in Walterboro, South Carolina. Kamiyah was not present at the time. She was raised there with Williams' two biological kids

Williams was arrested on Friday morning at her home (pictured) in Walterboro, South Carolina. Kamiyah was not present at the time. She was raised there with Williams' two biological kids

The news came as a shock to neighbors who said Williams seemed like any regular member of the community
They said she had raised Kamiyah to be well-read and disciplined

The news came as a shock to neighbors who said Williams seemed like any regular member of the community and had raised Kamiyah to be well-read and disciplined  

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Kamiyah appears to be in 'good health' and a 'normal 18-year-old woman'. 

He said she first 'had an inclination' a couple of months ago that she may have been involved in the national kidnapping case in some way. Authorities didn't say why she suspected this.

She doesn't act like we're brand new people. She acts like she's been talking to us a long time. 
Vera Aiken, Kamiyah's grandmother 

Police said Kamiyah plans on staying in South Carolina for the time being.

'She's taking it as well as you can imagine,' Williams said. 'We have victim's advocates up there, she has a lot to process, a lot to think about.' 

Gloria Williams was arrested on Friday morning at her home. Kamiyah was not present when she was taken in to custody. 

Court records show that Gloria Williams has an extensive criminal record and has been found guilty of writing fraudulent checks and welfare fraud. 

She was also charged with a minor crime for disturbing the peace two months after Kamiyah was abducted, Jacksonville.com reports. 

The sheriff said Kamiyah had lived at the home with Williams and other members of her kidnapper's family. There are no other suspects at this time.

Records show that Williams and her family were evicted at least six times from six different addresses. 

Kamiyah is currently living with Williams and her husband in a Habitat for Humanity home that had been built for them.

Williams' husband was on the road for work at the time of her arrest on Friday.   

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Kamiyah (pictured left as a child and right in a current photo) appears to be in 'good health' and a 'normal 18-year-old woman' 

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Kamiyah (pictured left as a child and right in a current photo) appears to be in 'good health' and a 'normal 18-year-old woman' 

Kamiyah had shared numerous photos of her with Williams on her Facebook page
Police said Kamiyah plans on staying in South Carolina for the time being

Kamiyah had shared numerous photos of her with Williams on her Facebook page

Woman kidnapped as baby found alive after 18 years

It was a tip last year that led Jacksonville police to South Carolina, where they found an 18-year-old woman with Kamiyah Mobley's birth date but a different name

It was a tip last year that led Jacksonville police to South Carolina, where they found an 18-year-old woman with Kamiyah Mobley's birth date but a different name

Kamiyah's biological family is now planning their reunion with the teen. 

Craig and Kamiyah's grandmother Velma Aiken revealed that they immediately noticed that Kamiyah looked like her father, according to First Coast News

'I can't wait,' Craig said of the upcoming reunion. 'It's been 18 years. I can't wait no longer.'

'We had a nice conversation. We laughed,' he added. 'We got to know each other a little bit. I just can't wait for her to come here, so I can be with her for the first time.' 

Velma, 66, said her granddaughter chatted with the family as if they had known each other her whole life. 

'She looks just like her daddy,' she said. 'She act like she been talking to us all the time. She told us she'd be here soon to see us.'

Velma, who prayed she would see her granddaughter before the day she died, told the New York Daily News 'everyone broke down in tears' during the conversation.

'We lost her for 18 years,' Velma said. 'We don't want to lose her again.'  

Kamiyah's father Craig Aiken (pictured) revealed he has already spoken to her on FaceTime

Kamiyah's mother Shanara Mobley (pictured just two days after the abduction) was just 16 years old when her daughter was taken

Kamiyah's mother Shanara Mobley (pictured two days after the abduction) was just 16 years old when her daughter was taken from her arms

No pictures of Kamiyah had been taken before she was kidnapped, so police had to match babies to her footprints (pictured) while following leads 

No pictures of Kamiyah had been taken before she was kidnapped, so police had to match babies to her footprints (pictured) while following leads 

Legal implications for Gloria Williams who kidnapped Kamiyah Mobley

It was just after 3pm on July 10, 1998 when a woman wearing a blue floral smock and green scrub pants took eight-hour-old Kamiyah in a white blanket and disappeared. 

Authorities said the woman had roamed the halls of the University Medical Center, now UF Health Jacksonville, for 14 hours, according to The Florida Times-Union

She had spent five hours with Kamiyah and her mother Shanara, who had just turned 16 at the time, before saying the baby had a fever. Nurses thought she was a member of their family.

It was Velma who became suspicious when she saw the woman leave with a pocketbook slung over her shoulder as she carried Kamiyah away.

'I just feel like if I would have reacted on my feelings… I could have done something,' Aiken said. 'I could have taken that lady out with my bare hands.'

But by the time the hospital staff was notified, it was too late.

Every floor and room of the hospital was searched. Police called bus and train stations and airports to look out for baby Kamiyah. The FBI became involved.

There were no pictures of Kamiyah and only grainy footage from the hospital surveillance camera of the suspect. 

Authorities made a composite to try and illustrate what the newborn looked like. Sketches were released of the mysterious woman who had posed as a nurse. 

Velma Aiken, the paternal grandmother of Kamiyah, gets a congratulatory hug from a family member on Friday

Velma Aiken, the paternal grandmother of Kamiyah, gets a congratulatory hug from a family member on Friday

Kamiyah was taken from the the University Medical Center, now UF Health Jacksonville (pictured), on July 10, 1998 just eight hours after she was born 

Kamiyah was taken from the the University Medical Center, now UF Health Jacksonville (pictured), on July 10, 1998 just eight hours after she was born 

The case took over the county, where women who matched the sketch were stopped in local grocery stores and babies' footprints were compared to those taken from Kamiyah when she was born.

A $250,000 reward was offered and Kamiyah's story was told on CNN and America's Most Wanted.  

Craig was in jail at the time of her kidnapping on a drug charge, according to WJXT

Her disappearance led to even more time behind bars when Aiken, 19 at the time, revealed he was the father - and that Kamiyah had been conceived when Shanara was 15. 

Aiken pleaded guilty and spent five months in prison, wondering if he would ever see the baby daughter he never had the chance to meet. 

Shanara, who used to cut a piece of cake and put it in the freezer for each one of Kamiyah's birthdays, received a $1.5million settlement in 2000 after suing the hospital. 

As the years passed the mother said she woke up every day knowing her firstborn was still out there - but that there was no way to reach or talk to her.

'I wonder, "What does she like? What kind of food? What kind of colors? How smart is she? Does she have long pretty hair? Does she have my eyelashes?''' Shanara said in 2008.

Now, she may finally have the chance to find out. 

'I always hoped and prayed this day would happen. I always felt she was alive. I always felt she would find us,' said Craig.

'Now we have the rest of our lives together.'

She could face up to life in prison if convicted.

The news came as a shock to neighbors who said Williams seemed like any regular member of the community.  

She was employed as a social worker, attended church every Sunday and was passionate about volunteering for the local Veterans Association.

'The family is a good family,' said Ruben Boatright, who has known Williams for 15 years and watched Kamiyah grow up. 

'You don't want to think bad thoughts of anyone in your family, and that she would do something like that,' he told WJXT

'But then it's right there staring you in the face. So you don't know what to say or do.'

Boatright said Kamiyah was a well-mannered teen who was 'very well read' and 'disciplined'. 

He said his opinion of Williams hasn't changed, despite the news. 

'She did that 18 years ago,' he said. 'Eighteen years ago she was a young lady and you don't know what her emotional state was then.'   

Investigators are currently speaking with Williams' family to learn more about the abduction. Authorities have not yet determined Williams' links to Jacksonville. 

Kamiyah's biological father Craig Aiken
Kamiyah's biological mother Shanara Mobley

Tears of joy flowed freely for Kamiyah's biological parents Craig Aiken (pictured left on Friday) and Shanara Mobley (pictured right in 1998 after her daughter was abducted)

Just hours after police revealed that Kamiyah Mobley had been found, Manigo took to Facebook to defend her abductor
'My mother raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted,' Kamiyah wrote. 'My mother is no felon'

Just hours after police revealed that Kamiyah Mobley had been found, Manigo took to Facebook to defend her abductor

A cousin of Gloria Williams said the revelation was 'brand new to all of us.'

Tesha Stephens spoke briefly with reporters on Friday outside the Walterboro home where Kamiyah was raised. She said she didn't know how the young woman discovered her past.

'Right now she's holding up... She's processing everything and she's probably going to have to take this day-by-day,' she said. 'This was something brand new to all of us.' 

Susan Alls, Williams' aunt, remains unconvinced that Kamiyah is not truly part of their family.

'There has to be something going on with the DNA, whatever they did,' she said.   

The sensational news solves a cold case that accumulated more than 2,500 tips and captivated both the city and the country for more than a decade.

A tip received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last year led Jacksonville police to South Carolina.

It was there they found an 18-year-old woman with Kamiyah Mobley's birth date but a different name and quickly discovered that fraudulent documents had been used to establish her identity. 

A DNA sample from the teen was taken and submitted to a crime lab, where it was matched with the original newborn DNA taken the day Kamiyah was born. The test confirmed the teen was, in fact, Kamiyah.   

Gloria Williams, 51, (left) has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and interference with custody. Pictured right is a sketch police released of the suspect after the kidnapping
Pictured is one of the sketches that was released of the suspect, who has since been identified as 51-year-old Gloria Williams 

Gloria Williams, 51, (left) has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and interference with custody. Pictured right is a sketch police released of the suspect after the kidnapping 

Williams was arrested on Friday morning at her home (pictured) in Walterboro, South Carolina. Kamiyah was not present at the time. She was raised there with Williams' two biological kids

Williams was arrested on Friday morning at her home (pictured) in Walterboro, South Carolina. Kamiyah was not present at the time. She was raised there with Williams' two biological kids

The news came as a shock to neighbors who said Williams seemed like any regular member of the community
They said she had raised Kamiyah to be well-read and disciplined

The news came as a shock to neighbors who said Williams seemed like any regular member of the community and had raised Kamiyah to be well-read and disciplined  

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Kamiyah appears to be in 'good health' and a 'normal 18-year-old woman'. 

He said she first 'had an inclination' a couple of months ago that she may have been involved in the national kidnapping case in some way. Authorities didn't say why she suspected this.

She doesn't act like we're brand new people. She acts like she's been talking to us a long time. 
Vera Aiken, Kamiyah's grandmother 

Police said Kamiyah plans on staying in South Carolina for the time being.

'She's taking it as well as you can imagine,' Williams said. 'We have victim's advocates up there, she has a lot to process, a lot to think about.' 

Gloria Williams was arrested on Friday morning at her home. Kamiyah was not present when she was taken in to custody. 

Court records show that Gloria Williams has an extensive criminal record and has been found guilty of writing fraudulent checks and welfare fraud. 

She was also charged with a minor crime for disturbing the peace two months after Kamiyah was abducted, Jacksonville.com reports. 

The sheriff said Kamiyah had lived at the home with Williams and other members of her kidnapper's family. There are no other suspects at this time.

Records show that Williams and her family were evicted at least six times from six different addresses. 

Kamiyah is currently living with Williams and her husband in a Habitat for Humanity home that had been built for them.

Williams' husband was on the road for work at the time of her arrest on Friday.   

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Kamiyah (pictured left as a child and right in a current photo) appears to be in 'good health' and a 'normal 18-year-old woman' 

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Kamiyah (pictured left as a child and right in a current photo) appears to be in 'good health' and a 'normal 18-year-old woman' 

Kamiyah had shared numerous photos of her with Williams on her Facebook page
Police said Kamiyah plans on staying in South Carolina for the time being

Kamiyah had shared numerous photos of her with Williams on her Facebook page

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Comment by Cat on January 21, 2017 at 11:20am
I hope this whole thing isn't a scam.

1 Timothy 6:10King James Version (KJV)

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Comment by carolyn johnson on January 20, 2017 at 7:35am
Hell no
Comment by emma peele on January 20, 2017 at 3:59am
I understand what you're saying Dahved but let's say lighting strikes in a bottle twice and Kamiyah Mobley "aka" Alexis Manigo has a baby she's recuperating and some person steals her child holds on to said child for however long I wonder how COOL would Kamiyah "aka" Alexis feel about that seeing how she wants a proven known kidnapper to walk free.
Comment by Dahved Levy "rocking you" on January 19, 2017 at 7:28pm

This is a hard one, but if the girl who was kidnapped do not want her in prison, then who should argue

Comment by BIIGMANN on January 19, 2017 at 6:46pm

YES PRISON FOR THAT B****, STEALING A CHILD HERE ......... NOT LUGGAGE
SICK ASS B****. HAVE YOUR OWN BABIES DON'T STEAL

Comment by Angelfrmbklyn on January 19, 2017 at 5:26pm

Information coming out that Alexis was in a family FB group with biological family which the group has been deleted. Also allegedy the kidnapper is related to Alexis' bilogical paternal grandmother. I see the girl is making the rounds on different networks careful of every word she says. She's standing behind the kidnapper all the way.

http://media.news4jax.com/document_dev/2017/01/19/Shanara%20Mobley%...

Comment by emma peele on January 19, 2017 at 4:08pm
No, she should not be spared prison. She caused a lot of heart ache, anguish, despare and so much more. She deserves to be put under the prison.
Comment by jimmie on January 19, 2017 at 7:22am
Give her life for all the confusion she caused in other people lives to feed her own selfish needs she got this girl confused mentally thinking she really her mother and her name is something else she could have killed her to hide her crime the viictim doesn't thinks she's a victim this lady is sick she needs to be committed to a mental hospital
Comment by lynz on January 18, 2017 at 9:43pm
Oh hell naa.. wow!
Comment by Angelfrmbklyn on January 18, 2017 at 8:29pm
New information is about to come out regarding family members who were in on this scam and didn't get there cut of the money so they snitched. The birth mother gets $3,000 plus every month from the settlement. Alexis was supposed to get $304,666 on 7/16. It's seeming like the birth mother was in on it for this money. More will be revealed. Sad. Money is the root of evil. My credible source is a blog who published the settlement papers from the birth mother

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