Stolen baby:

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Ja­son Dearen Ja­son Dearen is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

Woman, taken as an in­fant from a Florida hospi­tal 18 years ago, is found alive.

Stolen hours af­ter her birth in a Florida hospi­tal 18 years ago, a young woman who came to sus­pect she didn’t be­long with the peo­ple who raised her has been found in South Carolina, where po­lice charged the woman she long be­lieved was her mother with kid­nap­ping.

DNA anal­y­sis iden­ti­fied the young woman, who now knows her birth name: Kamiyah Mobley, Jack­sonville Sher­iff Mike Wil­liams said Fri­day. He said she is in good health but un­der­stand­ably over­whelmed.

“She’s tak­ing it as well as you can imag­ine. She has a lot to process,” the sher­iff said. “I can’t even be­gin to com­pre­hend it.”

Po­lice ar­rested Glo­ria Wil­liams, 51, of Wal­ter­boro, S.C., at the home Mobley was liv­ing in and charged her with kid­nap­ping and in­ter­fer­ence with cus­tody.

Mobley was only 8 hours old when she was taken by a woman pos­ing as a nurse from her mother at Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in 1998. A huge search en­sued, with he­li­copters cir­cling the hospi­tal and the city on high alert, and thou­sands of tips came in over the years, but au­thor­i­ties ap­par­ently had no clue where she was.

All that time, po­lice said, she was be­ing raised un­der a dif­fer­ent name in Wal­ter­boro. Then, some months ago, the young woman “had an in­cli­na­tion” that she may have been kid­napped, the sher­iff said.

The Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren reached out to the cold case de­tec­tives at the sher­iff ’s of­fice, and Mobley pro­vided a swab of her cheek for DNA anal­y­sis that proved the match, the sher­iff said.

Tears of joy flowed freely Fri­day in Jack­sonville. Mobley was able to meet her birth fam­ily via a video call on Face­time. How and when she’ll re­con­nect with them is up to her.

The Mob­leys never for­got. Her mother, Sha­nara Mobley, told the Florida Times-Union news­pa­per on the 10th an­niver­sary of the kid­nap­ping that on ev­ery one of Kamiyah’s birth­days, she wrapped a piece of birth­day cake.

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