Old doubts revealed about girl’s identity
Years before a widely publicized reunion between a woman who as a girl was snatched from a New York hospital and her birth mother, Connecticut’s child protection agency had doubts about the girl’s identity, an agency spokesman said Saturday.
Gary Kleeblatt, spokesman for the Department of Children and Families, said the agency missed an opportunity in 2005 to help solve the disappearance of now 23-year-old Carlina White. White was raised in Bridgeport, Conn., under the name Nejdra Nance by a woman who now faces a federal kidnapping charge.
The agency said it opened a file in 2005 involving the girl and Ann Pettway, the woman who was raising her. Kleeblatt said the agency reached out to law enforcement and “communicated directly regarding the question of the identity of the girl’s biological parents at the time.”
He did not say which law enforcement agency was involved or why officials had questions about the girl’s identity.
White was 19 days old when her parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, took her to Harlem Hospital late on Aug. 4, 1987, with a high fever. The couple left the hospital to rest, and their baby was missing when they went back the next day. A police investigation failed to locate