Old doubts re­vealed about girl’s iden­tity

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

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

the baby.

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