Gloria Williams posed as a nurse to pick up Kamiyah Mobley from her mother just five hours after she was born at a hospital in Jacksonville, US, 25 years ago
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A judge has refused to reduce the prison sentence for a woman who kidnapped a baby and raised it as her own – despite pleas from the now-adult victim that her kidnapper be released.
Gloria Williams posed as a nurse to pick up Kamiyah Mobley from her birth mother at the UF Health Jacksonville maternity ward in 1998.
Williams raised Kamiyah as her own throughout the 20s, but in 2018 she accepted a plea deal for taking the baby and was sentenced to 18 years behind bars.
But after the baby thief wrote to a judge asking for her sentence to be halved, her calls were backed up by the victim herself, who claimed she wanted her “mother” back.
In her letter to Duval County Circuit Judge Marianne Aho, Williams wrote, “I’ve learned many things since joining the Department of Corrections, but the overall lesson of my incarceration was one of accountability,” reports the Atlanta Black Star.
Williams continued, “I now know and understand that there is a knock-on effect, that the consequences of my actions are never my sole responsibility,” reports the Independent.
She claimed she earned half of her prison sentence for her four years of good leadership and personal development behind bars.
Judge Aho ruled that the motion was filed too late, but also said she “had found no basis to reverse the original sentencing judge’s decision.”
Williams took Ms. Mobley from her mother just five hours after she was born and changed her name before raising her as her own daughter in South Carolina.
Williams previously told the court that she “had just suffered a devastating miscarriage and was presenting with symptoms conducive to postpartum depression and experiencing extreme mental and emotional distress.”
She added that she was “not in her right shape” at the time of the kidnapping.
Williams was found in 2017, but it was reported that Ms Mobley knew she had been kidnapped a year and a half before Williams was arrested.
Backing up her kidnapping letter, Ms Mobley approached Judge Aho with her own correspondence, asking for Williams’ release.
She wrote: “I want to make it very clear that she is my mother.
“She raised me and not only provided for my needs, but she loved me unconditionally.
“I understand that none of this modifies the truth of the past, nor does it in any way justify my mother’s actions.
“Nevertheless, I love my mother and support her with all my heart! I ask the court for grace and mercy as I need my mother at home.”
Williams asked the judge if she could instead serve nine years in prison and nine years of probation, noting that she distanced herself from Ms. Mobley out of respect for her birth family. The star reported.
The victim’s closeness to her kidnapper has caused problems in her relationship with her biological mother, Shanara Mobley, who once asked Ms Mobley to choose between them, according to The Star.
Social media posts reveal they have been trying to rebuild their relationship, First Coast News reports.
“What I see is that Kamiyah is bringing her birth family to South Carolina to introduce them and spend time with my mom (her nana), her sisters, nieces and nephews.”
Williams said in her motion to change her sentence. “Everyone comes together to give Kamiyah the best of both worlds and make her life fulfilling.”
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