Woman Who Raised NY Baby Admits to Taking Her: Report

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North Carolina Dept. of Corrections

Ann Pettway has confessed to taking a baby girl from a New York hospital in 1987 after she had trouble having her own children.

Carlina White, now 23, was taken from her hospital crib at Harlem Hospital in 1987, when she was just 19 days old.

Under the name of Nejdra Nance, White grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut and later in Georgia under Pettway's care.

Following a hunch that Pettway wasn't her biological mother, White found and reached out to her real mother with the help of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the NYPD.

An FBI agent said in court papers charging Pettway with kidnapping that Pettway suffered several miscarriages before taking the baby from Harlem Hospital by train to her home in Bridgeport.

Pettway surrendered on Sunday to the FBI and Bridgeport, police on a warrant issued in North Carolina, where she's on probation because of a conviction for attempted embezzlement. She was charged on Monday with kidnapping in the 1987 cade.

Meanwhile, Pettway’s cousin said the family assumed the baby was hers because she appeared pregnant at the time, disappeared and returned with a baby.

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