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'I wish they never would have found her': Mother of girl who was kidnapped at birth and raised by another woman reveals she is not speaking to her long-last daughter and will be alone on her birthday

Biological mom of girl snatched at birth reveals she has given daughter an ultimatum because she refuses to cut ties with fake mom who raised her for 18 years

Biological mom of girl snatched at birth says she shouldn't have to compete with kidnapper

  • Kamiyah Mobley, 19, was stolen as a baby and secretly raised by Gloria Williams
  • She was found last year and Williams was jailed for 18 years for kidnapping
  • Her real mother Shanara Mobley expected they would be a family again
  • But they don't talk and Kamiyah still views Williams as her mother

The sentencing of a woman who kidnapped Shanara Mobley's newborn and raised her as her own should have brought closure to a two-decade-long nightmare.

But Mobley says she expects to spend her first child's birthday on July 10 just as she has for the last 20 years - alone with her heartache, far away from her daughter.

Gloria Williams was jailed for 18 years last month for kidnapping Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998.

Shanara Mobley says she expects to spend her first child's birthday on July 10 just as she has for the last 20 years - alone with her heartache, far away from her daughter
Shanara Mobley says she expects to spend her first child's birthday on July 10 just as she has for the last 20 years - alone with her heartache, far away from her daughter
She and he long-lost daughter Kamiyah Mobley spent a lot of time together when they were reunited after 18 years, but have since stopped talking

The 52-year-old Williams testified that she wore scrubs to look like a nurse, put the infant in a bag, and sneaked her out of the hospital.

She said she was in an abusive relationship at the time and suffering from depression.

Williams raised Kamiyah Mobley - who grew up as Alexis Manigo - in Walterboro, South Carolina, until her arrest in 2017. 

The girl did not learn her true identity until she discovered she could not get a driver's license without a valid birth certificate or Social Security card.

After finding out her true identity, Mobley told a friend about it. Eventually, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received an anonymous tip about Kamiyah's whereabouts, and Williams was arrested.

When Mobley learned her daughter was alive, on Jan. 13, 2017, she likened the joy to giving birth all over again.

'It was one of the happiest days of my life,' Mobley told The Florida Times-Union.

Mobley then learned her daughter did not immediately alert authorities when she found out she was the child who had been abducted from Jacksonville.

Gloria Williams was jailed for 18 years last month for kidnapping Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998

Gloria Williams was jailed for 18 years last month for kidnapping Kamiyah Mobley from a hospital in Jacksonville in July 1998

Williams raised Kamiyah Mobley - who grew up as Alexis Manigo - in Walterboro, South Carolina, until her arrest in 2017
Kidnapper Gloria Williams sentenced to 18 years in prison

She said she was willing to look past that disappointment and expected her daughter to want to be a part of Mobley's life.

'We were going to be this big, happy family,' she said.

But Mother's Day came and went without recognition from her daughter. They do not speak, Mobley said, hurt that her daughter said she hoped Williams would not receive a long prison sentence.

'I don't deal with disrespect,' she said through tears. 'I wish they never would have found her.'

Mobley said she was so eager to become a mother when her first daughter was born. and it stung to be considered a suspect during the investigation into the baby's disappearance.

'Everybody was saying I sold the baby, I gave the baby away,' she said. 'Come on now, if I thought it was going to be this hard, I could have got an abortion. 

Mobley is worried about the impact on her other five children, who range in age from three years old to 15

Mobley is worried about the impact on her other five children, who range in age from three years old to 15

Mother's Day came and went without recognition from her daughter. They do not speak, Mobley said, hurt that her daughter said she hoped Williams would not receive a long prison sentence

Mother's Day came and went without recognition from her daughter. They do not speak, Mobley said, hurt that her daughter said she hoped Williams would not receive a long prison sentence

'I am your mother, Kamiyah!' Kidnapping victim shouts in court

'I could still be running the streets. I could have been doing drugs, drinking, all that. I chose to do right: to have a beautiful baby.'

Sitting at her kitchen table late last month, Mobley said she was feeling an unbearable weight of stress and depression.

She worried about the impact on her other five children, who range in age from three years old to 15.

'I'm still lost,' Mobley said. 'What did I gain? Nothing.'

Mobley had this to say to the daughter she lost and then found: 'If you want to be Alexis, be Alexis. If you want to be her child, be her child. This is a battle that I can't keep fighting. This is a battle that nobody is going to win.'

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{VIDEO} Devastated biological mom of baby stolen at birth and raised by her kidnapper says she wants abductor to face the death penalty

Biological mom of girl snatched at birth says she shouldn't have to compete with kidnapper

I shouldn't have to compete with a kidnapper - she has to pick. Should she?

  • Shanara Mobley, 36, tells how she gave her daughter an ultimatum making her choose between her biological mom and the kidnapper who raised her
  • In an interview with DailyMail.com the mother of Kamiyah Mobley tells of the pain of being rejected by her daughter who still refers to the impostor as 'mom'
  • Kamiyah, now 19, was kidnapped from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital by Gloria Williams just hours after 16-year-old Shanara gave birth to her
  • Williams, 52, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, but the teen had pleaded for leniency on her behalf and still maintains a close relationship with her kidnapper
  • 'When a man rapes a woman he's never allowed to contact her again, so why can this kidnapper continue to reach out to her victim?' Shanara said 
  • Shanara reveals she felt suicidal after her baby went missing and now feels like her daughter is being taken away from again 
  • She says she has blocked Kamiyah's number after she felt disrespected that teen still kept in touch with the woman who kidnapped her 
Kamiyah Mobley's biological mom Shanara Mobley, 36, has told of the pain of being rejected by her daughter who can't bear to let go of her kidnapper

Kamiyah Mobley's biological mom Shanara Mobley, 36, has told of the pain of being rejected by her daughter who can't bear to let go of her kidnapper

Tears of joy streaming down her face, Shanara Mobley hugged her long lost daughter Kamiyah for the first time in 18 years and thought to herself: I finally have my baby back.

Their heartwarming embrace was supposed to herald a new start for the mother and child wrenched apart when kidnapper Gloria Williams snatched Kamiyah from a Florida maternity ward and raised her as her own.

Instead, 19-year-old Kamiyah has stubbornly refused to turn her back on her impostor 'mom', even as Williams languishes in prison - plunging Shanara into a fresh despair and leaving their fledgling relationship in tatters.

Today, in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Shanara, 36, issues a heartbreaking ultimatum to the precious, firstborn daughter she fears losing all over again: 'I shouldn't have to compete with a kidnapper - she has to pick one of us.'

And she reveals the pain of being rejected by Kamiyah cuts every bit as deep as when Williams disguised herself as a nurse and stole the baby girl from her 16-year-old mother's arms in July 1998.

'It's like a tug of war between us. Whenever I feel I'm winning her back, boom, the other side pulls me down,' Shanara revealed, through tears.

'Nobody acknowledges my pain. I feel like I'm being robbed all over again every time she reaches out to my daughter.

Mother-daughter time: Kamiyah reunited with her real mother in January 2017, after it was revealed she had been kidnapped at birth 

Mother-daughter time: Kamiyah reunited with her real mother in January 2017, after it was revealed she had been kidnapped at birth 

Shanara said the two became 'inseparable' when they first met
They are are no longer on speaking terms after Kamiyah continued to keep in contact with her abductor

Shanara said the two became 'inseparable' when they first met, but are no longer on speaking terms after Kamiyah continued to keep in contact with her abductor 

'Every phone call they share, every Mother's Day card Kamiyah sends her, it just makes the pain worse.

'I'm being rejected for a kidnapper, how do you think that feels?'

Kamiyah was raised under the false name Alexis Manigo until cops finally solved the riddle of her abduction and arrested Williams in January 2017 on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody.

But while Kamiyah and Shanara aren't even on speaking terms, the teen has continued to call Williams behind bars - even storing the number for the Duval County Jail in her phone under 'Mommy'.

Prosecutors admit there's nothing they can do to stop the two communicating.

Shanara was in court last Friday to see the 52-year-old locked up for the next 18 years but she maintains the only appropriate punishment was the death penalty.

In an interview with ABC News on Monday, Kamiyah revealed she still 'loves' the woman who raised her says they continue to speak several times a week on the phone from jail.

Mobley continues to live in Williams's home in South Carolina and says she looks forward to the day she is released from prison. She says she thinks Williams's sentence of 18 years in prison was 'fair,' despite her biological mom telling DailyMail.com that she hoped the woman would be executed. 

As long as Williams is alive, the Jacksonville mother-of-six fears her 'brainwashed' daughter will never look upon her as her real mom.

'When a man rapes a woman he's never allowed to contact her again, so why can this kidnapper continue to reach out to her victim?' added Shanara.

'I don't feel that she should still be able to contact Kamiyah and I don't feel that her family should be able to contact my child.

The mother-daughter pair have shared special moments together including the time Shanara drove for three hours just to get a photo of Kimayah starting her first job at Dollar General (pictured) 

The mother-daughter pair have shared special moments together including the time Shanara drove for three hours just to get a photo of Kimayah starting her first job at Dollar General (pictured) 

In an interview with ABC News on Monday,  the teen said she still 'loves' the woman who raised her and continues to call her 'mom'

In an interview with ABC News on Monday,  the teen said she still 'loves' the woman who raised her and continues to call her 'mom'

'The first time round Gloria stole my baby by herself. This time round now you've got the legal system helping her to steal her all over again.

'She can reach out to my daughter every day - my sentence won't stop until she's dead.'

Shanara was just 15 when she first became pregnant but insists a termination never crossed her mind.

The girl's father, Craig Aiken, was in jail when she gave birth to Kamiyah Teresiah Tasha Mobley at 6.55am on July 10, 1998.

Around eight hours later, Shanara remembers a woman wearing blue scrubs and surgical gloves coming into the room at Jacksonville's University Medical Centre.

Still exhausted and groggy from giving birth, she assumed the kindly figure carrying away her 8lb 2.5oz infant was a nurse.

Within hours Shanara would be in front of national news cameras pleading hysterically for the return of her daughter.

'When they first handed Kamiyah to me I said "open your eyes so you can see how pretty your mama is." She smiled right back at me, it was the best feeling ever,' Shanara recalled.

'I was groggy, I was a young girl getting my first epidural. Then this lady comes in, nicely spoken, intelligent woman. She befriended me.

'She seemed to be really nice and so kind but she was evil at the same time. She was a devil dressed up in sheep's clothing.

Gloria Williams, 52, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after she kidnapped Mobley just hours after she was born in July 1998 

Gloria Williams, 52, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after she kidnapped Mobley just hours after she was born in July 1998 

Mobley, left, is pictured above with Williams, who raised her as her own in South Carolina  

Mobley, left, is pictured above with Williams, who raised her as her own in South Carolina  

'I let her hold the baby and now that I look back on that day, she looked at the baby as if she was perfect. She looked at her like, yeah, this is the one.'

It was Aiken's 67-year-old mother Velma who first realized something was wrong when she caught a glimpse of the 'nurse' picking up Shanara's baby bag on the way out.

Suspicious family members alerted staff who raced around the hospital but couldn't find any trace of the newborn infant.

Shanara recalls with tears in her eyes how investigators were so baffled by the disappearance they started accusing her of selling her own baby.

'Before Gloria came into my room she was in another lady's room but the girl's parents walked in there and the kidnapper immediately got up and walked out,' she revealed.

'She was deliberately targeting women my age maybe because she didn't think they would believe us.

'The detective punched my hospital bed and said 'what did you do with that baby!' They accused me of selling her or giving her away.

'They wanted me to confess to something I didn't do. I think they thought that way right up until the day she was found.

'People still say to this day that I sold her to Gloria. They would say that woman ain't gonna go to jail by herself, she's gonna snitch on Craig and Shanara.

Shanara now has six kids in total, including Kamiyah. L-R: Savannah Mobley, eight, Chrisanna Barnes, 11, , Christopher Barnes, 12, Journye Barnes, three, and Lashawnye Rivera, 15

Shanara now has six kids in total, including Kamiyah. L-R: Savannah Mobley, eight, Chrisanna Barnes, 11, , Christopher Barnes, 12, Journye Barnes, three, and Lashawnye Rivera, 15

Shanara said salvation came in the form of her second child, Lashawnye Rivera (pictured as a baby) whom she had with her then-boyfriend Lashawn Rivera, who passed away in 2015

Shanara said salvation came in the form of her second child, Lashawnye Rivera (pictured as a baby) whom she had with her then-boyfriend Lashawn Rivera, who passed away in 2015

'That's what the woman did to me for all these years. Not only did she steal my child, she had people thinking I was a liar.'

As days became months and months became years, Shanara fell into a devastating depression, splitting up with Aiken, and contemplating suicide.

Exacerbating her anguish were the constant rumors and accusations that she had somehow played a part in Kamiyah's disappearance.

But just as she hit rock bottom at age 21, salvation came in the form of her second child, Lashawnye Rivera, whom she had with her then-boyfriend Lashawn Rivera, who passed away in 2015.

'I was self-medicating and taking Benadryls just to go to sleep until Benadryl's weren't enough no more,' Shanara revealed.

'As the years went on I remember a lot of times I could just be driving and I'd think, you know what I should just run off this bridge.

'I remember taking a whole bottle of Benadryl. I remember several suicide attempts. It was getting harder and harder for me to face and deal with.

'I guess that God was seeing all those suicide attempts and he just one day said, "I know what will change her and bring her around." And he blessed me with my 15-year-old.'

Kamiyah, meanwhile, was growing up 200 miles north in Walterboro, South Carolina with Williams and her two sons Antoine and Andre.

By now she was living as Alexis Kelli Manigo – the name she still goes by on Facebook and social media.

Williams had miscarried in secret shortly before the abduction and her family have always insisted they had no reason to doubt the gorgeous baby girl she brought home was hers.

Mobley, center, reunited with her biological parents, Craig Aiken (right) and Shanara Mobley (left), in January after it was revealed she was living a lie 

Mobley, center, reunited with her biological parents, Craig Aiken (right) and Shanara Mobley (left), in January after it was revealed she was living a lie 

Hard-working and outwardly respectable, Williams worked at the medical records department at Joint Base Charleston and took her family to the local Methodist church every Sunday.

She told Kamiyah her biological father was a car dealership worker called Charles Manigo who had split with Williams before she was born.

Kamiyah considered stepdad Wrenoskie Williams, a 55-year-old truck driver whom Williams married when Kamiyah was in middle school, more of a father figure.

The deception finally began to unravel when Kamiyah applied for a restaurant job two years before Williams was arrested.

When she demanded her social security number her 'mom' broke down and confessed to the abduction.

Kamiyah quietly pieced together the majority of her backstory by herself from Google. She once called her biological mother but hung up when she heard Shanara's voice.

According to court documents, investigators finally cracked the case based on two tip offs: a friend who said Williams confessed to them and an individual who claimed to have heard it from Kamiyah.

The teen would be introduced to her biological parents for the first time when Shanara and 43-year-old Aiken raced to South Carolina following Williams' arrest in January 2017.

Shanara, who was just 16, put out a public plea after her daughter was snatched.
Shanara, pictured age 16 after her daughter went missing, tells how investigators were so baffled by the disappearance they started accusing her of selling her own baby

Shanara, pictured age 16 after her daughter went missing, tells how investigators were so baffled by the disappearance they started accusing her of selling her own baby

A sketch of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office showed the sketch of Williams after the newborn went missing 

A sketch of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office showed the sketch of Williams after the newborn went missing 

Williams, who had recently miscarried, disguised herself as a nurse and stole the baby girl from University Medical Centre in Jacksonville, Florida in July 1998

Williams, who had recently miscarried, disguised herself as a nurse and stole the baby girl from University Medical Centre in Jacksonville, Florida in July 1998

'When they came to my house they were so nonchalant. I said 'have you found my baby?' They just said can you come to the station,' Shanara explained.

'The room was suddenly full of all these people, the detectives, the state attorney. When they said we found Kamiyah I just was stuck. I was shaking.

'It felt better than a man coming to me and saying "do you want ten million dollars?"

'I got on the road that same day to see her. We were supposed to meet at the police building but I actually arranged to meet her earlier at a hotel because I was so anxious.

'We embraced for five to ten minutes. No words can express how I felt.'

As Shanara posed for a heart-melting selfie with the missing daughter whose birthday she had marked each year by leaving out a slice of cake, it seemed her prayers had been answered.

But when DailyMail.com caught up with Kamiyah one year later she admitted in an exclusive interview that she was torn between her true identity and her upbringing as Alexis Manigo.

She went by different names on different occasions, spending weekends and holidays with Aiken but still living at her childhood home in Walterboro and calling Williams each week in jail.

Kamiyah even issued a plea for leniency on her kidnapper's behalf, telling DailyMail.com: 'It's not like she tortured me.'

Shanara now has six kids in total, including Kamiyah, Lashawnye, Christopher Barnes, 12, Chrisanna Barnes, 11, Savannah Mobley, eight, and her adorable three-year-old daughter Journye Barnes.

They live in a comfortable, five-bed home on the outskirts of Jacksonville that she bought in March of last year, setting aside a room in anticipation that Kamiyah would want to come and live with her.

Real parents: Shanara told DailyMail.com she believes her daughter's kidnapper deserved the death penalty after taking her away from her when Shanara was just 16
The teen's father Craig Aiken is seen leaving the court

Real parents: Shanara (left) told DailyMail.com she believes her daughter's kidnapper deserved the death penalty after taking her away from her when Shanara was just 16. The teen's father Craig Aiken is seen leaving the court on right 

Despite the setbacks there have been plenty of special moments: girly nights out, a trip to a music festival and the time Shanara drove for three hours just to get a photo of Kimayah starting her first job at Dollar General.

However the last time they spoke was the night before Mother's Day when Shanara cut short a visit and drove home after the pair argued.

Tired of being repeatedly 'disrespected', Shanara decided to block Kamiyah's number.

'When we first met we were inseparable. We talked every day. I felt she would just come on into our lives,' she said.

'I didn't know this kidnapper had such a hold on her. I can see that it's my child but I can also see traits from the kidnapper in her.

'She would defend the kidnapper to me. She blames me for everything. I think she blames me that this woman is sitting in jail.

'She's blocked now because I don't want to argue with her. I'm tired of being hurt.

'I'm not saying there's not a time that we can get closer but I really should not have to compete with that woman.'

While Shanara insists her door will never be closed to Kamiyah, she has nothing but a deep, enduring hatred for Williams that hardens every time she hears her daughter refer to her as 'mom'.

Shanara hopes Williams can still access the web behind bars so she will read this interview and finally grasp that Kamiyah Teresiah Tasha Mobley is not hers.

'I pray to God he changes my heart towards you but I hate you and that hate is very, very, very strong,' Shanara said, addressing Williams directly.

'Help me to forgive you. Just let my baby go. Please let my baby go. If you feel any sympathy for me let her go please.

'I'm not saying that as a bitter angry woman, I'm saying it as a mother who was robbed 20 years ago - and still counting.' 

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  • Shanara Mobley, mother of Kamiyah Mobley, gave an emotional testimony on Thursday, during the hearing of her daughter's kidnapper Gloria Williams 
  • Williams has admitted snatching Kamiyah, now 19, from hospital when she was just a few hours old and raising her as own
  • On Thursday, Mobley described the torment of having her newborn baby stolen which left her 'thinking about suicide every day'
  • She said that even now, 20 years later, she still feels the loss of her daughter deeply and even called for the death penalty for kidnapper Williams
  • 'It doesn't heal now, I am still hurting. When you're reaching out to my child - I am your mother Kamiyah,' she shouted into the courtroom. 'I am your mother!'
  • Mobley said she had suffered fresh pain after seeing her daughter had Williams' number in her phone as 'mommy'
  • Crime only began to unravel when Kamiyah applied for a job at a restaurant and needed her social security number
  • Kamiyah, who was raised as Alexis Manigo, has pleaded for leniency ahead of Williams' sentencing which will take place in May
  • William faces up to 22 years in jail for kidnapping and up to another five years in jail on an interference charge

The biological mom of a girl who was snatched at birth broke down during the hearing of her daughter's kidnapper, screaming, 'I am your mother!'

Shanara Mobley, mother of Kamiyah Mobley, gave an emotional testimony on Thursday, where she described the torment of having her newborn baby stolen just hours after she gave birth.

'Thinking about suicide every day, people watching me all day every day, no one was leaving me unattended,' she said of the months following Kamiyah's abduction, as she wiped away tears. 

She said that even now, 20 years later, she still feels the loss of her daughter deeply and even called for the death penalty for kidnapper Gloria Williams.

'I am your mother, Kamiyah!' Kidnapping victim shouts in court
Shanara Mobley, the biological mom of a girl who was snatched at birth broke down during the hearing of her daughter's kidnapper, screaming, 'I am your mother!' on Thursday

Shanara Mobley, the biological mom of a girl who was snatched at birth broke down during the hearing of her daughter's kidnapper, screaming, 'I am your mother!' on Thursday

Mobley, mother of Kamiyah Mobley, gave an emotional testimony on Thursday, where she described the torment of having her newborn baby stolen just hours after she gave birth 

Mobley, mother of Kamiyah Mobley, gave an emotional testimony on Thursday, where she described the torment of having her newborn baby stolen just hours after she gave birth 

Mobley wiped away tears during her emotional testimony about her struggle after her daughter was kidnapped

Mother breaks down at daughter's kidnapper's trial

Kamiyah was just eight hours old on July 10, 1998, when Williams posed as a nurse and entered Mobley's hospital room at what is now known as UF Health-Jacksonville, claiming that Kamiyah had a fever and needed to be checked.

'It's not like she tortured me!' Florida teen snatched at birth and raised under a false identity pleads for leniency for her 'mom'

Kamiyah Mobley issued an extraordinary plea for leniency before her mom's trial, telling DailyMailTV: 'It's not like she tortured me.'  

The teen said that while she recognizes Williams could spend years behind bars, Kamiyah says she's already forgiven her for the astonishing deception - and will never turn her back on the impostor.

'Don't get me wrong, I do feel like it was wrong. But we talked about it and I can understand at the time what was going on,' said Kamiyah, now aged 19. 'I sympathize with her, I'm not mad at her - of course I forgive her.

Teen snatched at birth forgives kidnapper

'I am certain that she's going to get time but I'm hoping not very, very long. I think they should be lenient. It's not like she took me and tortured me my whole life. She took care of me very well.'

Kamiyah has spent the past year forging new ties with her biological parents, Shanara Mobley, 36, and Craig Aiken, 42, as well as getting to know the numerous siblings she never realized she had.

She's already formed an 'incredible bond' with Aiken, staying at his Jacksonville home for weeks at a time and celebrating Christmas with him, his wife Shannon, 42, and her eight half-siblings. 

Aiken was in jail at the time of the birth for sleeping with Mobley when he was 19 and she was 15.

But he told DailyMailTV he doesn't resent Kamiyah for refusing to sever ties with the woman who robbed him of the chance to cradle her as a baby or watch her growing up.

'She can't help what happened with Gloria or the feelings she's got for Gloria,' said Aiken, a radio DJ and property manager.

'She just wants her mama to understand that she's not trying to do anything to hurt her. The last thing she wants to do is hurt her mama.

'What I try and do is block out all the negativity and just focus on building that relationship with her. That helps me cope better too.

As thrilled as she was to meet her biological parents, there was never any likelihood that Alexis Manigo would slip effortlessly into Kamiyah Moberly's shoes and leave her kidnapper languishing unloved and alone in a jail cell.

When Williams made her first court appearance on charges of first-degree kidnapping and third-degree custodial interference, Kamiyah was there, tearfully calling out to her before reaching through the metal bars to touch her fingers.

'I know her and she's not a criminal,' she told DailyMailTV. 'It was emotional seeing her behind bars and not being able to touch her and hug her, knowing she's not coming home and I'm probably not going to see her for a very long time after that.

'To the world I was a victim but I'm too headstrong to personally call myself a victim. I do feel a crime was done but I don't feel comfortable calling myself a victim.'

'If she does end up going to prison for a long time I will never abandon her. We will always keep in touch.'

Kamiyah now splits her time between Aiken's household and the house where she was raised, with friends and loved ones in Walterboro, South Carolina still referring to her as Alexis.

Williams then disappeared with the child in her arms, not to be seen again for the next 18 years.

The deception began to unravel when Mobley applied for a restaurant job two years before Williams was arrested, according to court documents.  

When she demanded her social security number, Williams supposedly broke down and confessed to the abduction. 

Kamiyah said she quietly pieced together the majority of her backstory by herself from Google. She once called her biological mother but hung up when she heard her voice.

The teen first met her biological parents when Mobley and Aiken, who had separated after the abduction, raced to see her following Williams' arrest.  

Kamiyah has spent the last 12 months forging new ties with her biological parents, Mobley, 36, and Craig Aiken, 42, as well as getting to know the numerous siblings she never realized she had.

The teen first met her biological parents when Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken, who had separated after the abduction, raced to see her following Williams' arrest (above)

The teen first met her biological parents when Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken, who had separated after the abduction, raced to see her following Williams' arrest (above)

Gloria Williams pleads guilty to kidnapping newborn 20 years ago

She has already formed an 'incredible bond' with her biological father and has been staying at his home for weeks at a time. The teen celebrated Christmas with Aiken, his wife Shannon and her eight half-siblings.

But her defense of Williams has made it harder for the teen to rebuild her relationship with her biological mother. Shanara Mobley wrote on Facebook last year: 'The tears won't stop. I see my baby girl wanting this lady in her life and not me.' 

'It's been harder for my mother to cope. We are working on our relationship. I don't like to define which one is my mother, I like to be respectful of both parties,' the teen said. 

'I don't like to take away from either one of their duties or what they did. I don't want to pick sides.'

During her court testimony on Thursday, Mobley said that she was just 16 when her daughter was born in 1998.

Despite her young age, she says she saw her pregnancy as a blessing - the chance to stop her partying lifestyle and settle down.

'I'm sorry baby, I love you': Moment teen was reunited with the woman who 'kidnapped her as a baby' for first time since her arrest as they vowed to stand by each other

Gloria Williams and Kamiyah Mobley had an emotional reunion in February, for the first time since her arrest. 

'I'm sorry baby. I love you,' Williams told the tearful Mobley in video of the meeting, held under the watchful eye of police following her arrest, and obtained by ABC News.   

Mobley then spoke of the officers who came to arrest the woman who raised her, saying: 'They are sending three people like you are some kind of violent person.' 

Footage has been released showing the moment Gloria Williams, 52, was reunited with Kamiyah Mobley - the girl she is charged with kidnapping at birth from Florida

Footage has been released showing the moment Gloria Williams, 52, was reunited with Kamiyah Mobley - the girl she is charged with kidnapping at birth from Florida

Kidnapping victim hugs her accused abductor in tearful reunion

Williams responded: 'They just want to make sure you are okay.'  

Mobley told DailyMail.com that she refuses to label Williams a criminal and has already forgiven her for the astonishing deception.

'Don't get me wrong, I do feel like it was wrong. But we talked about it and I can understand at the time what was going on,' she said. 

'I sympathize with her, I'm not mad at her - of course I forgive her.

'I am certain that she's going to get time but I'm hoping not very, very long. I think they should be lenient. It's not like she took me and tortured me my whole life. She took care of me very well.' The day Kamiyah was born was the happiest - and the saddest - of her life. 

'She was so beautiful. I just couldn't wait to take her home, to dress her up and show her off,' she said of her newborn. 

But she never got the chance to hold her baby as it was at that point Williams, dressed as a nurse, came into the room and took Kamiyah away, telling the new mom she needed to take her temperature.

Mobley said she never questioned Williams who seemed nice and trustworthy. It wasn't until she realized that Kamiyah was never supposed to have been removed from the room did she panic.

She said she crawled along the floor, 'I'm screaming and I'm hollering and cussing.' 

'She preyed on a child because I was young, she preyed on a child and took my child,' said Mobley.

The years went by slowly for Mobley, who would still mark her daughter's birthday every year, buying a cake which she would keep in the freezer in case Kamiyah ever came home.

She never gave up hope that her daughter was alive.

After finally being reunited with Kamiyah for the first time last year, Mobley says she is hoping to make up for lost time.

'I missed the first walk, the first word, graduating, prom, I missed all that, but I always try to look at it like life is a positive to a negative. When she get pregnant, I get to be the grandma, when she graduates college I get to be there. The future has so much to offer us now.' 

Williams is due to be sentenced this month and could face up to 22 years in jail. 

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Comment by Bombahdrop on June 21, 2019 at 1:39pm

Like I said the kidnapper was dead wrong for what she did, but because there is no forgiveness coming from the biological mother as her daughter has forgiven her kidnapper she doesn't want to be in a family that is not forgiving . the kidnapper is sorry and I know sorry doesn't cut it but not forgiving doesn't cut it either it makes matters the way they are, divided.

Comment by Bombahdrop on June 21, 2019 at 1:35pm

Although this woman was wrong for kidnapping that lil girl at birth, she loved her for real tho. I can imagine what her real mother feel like but she really does need to forgive her and respect her daughter for her decision to still be a part of the kidnappers life because that's all she knew growing up and they grew a deep bond and friendship over the years, she feels the kidnapper didn't treat her wrong and should be forgiven and accepted by her real family. see if the biological mom didn't place that altermatum on her to choose between the kiddnapper or her she rebelled because she has a deep bond with her kidnapper. had the biological mother respected how her daughter felt about the kidnapper I believe her daughter would have not rebelled.

Comment by Will on November 17, 2018 at 4:16am

Biological mother sounds real unreasonable. Girl was raised by the woman her entire life, nearly 20 years, of course she's still got a connection to her. Zero empathy with how complex the girl's emotions must be?

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Comment by Darkie on May 5, 2018 at 1:07pm
Sad to say despite the situation but kids feel obligated to the parents that raised them whether kidnapped or divorced
Comment by David on May 5, 2018 at 12:05pm
The victim is psychologically damaged, and conflicted, like a duck who has been imprinted following a horse that it feels is it’s mother. The biological parents are damaged, having never been given the opportunity to bond with their child! A messed up situation all around caused by the kidnapper. I hope the kidnapper has to do as much time as the biological parents had to do without their child, 19 years at a minimum!

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