Ann Pettway Admits Infamous Kidnapping Of Carlina White

A US woman who stole a baby from a New York City hospital in 1987 and raised the child as her own has pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

A US woman who stole a baby from a New York City hospital in 1987 and raised the child as her own has pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

Carlina White's real mother, Joy White, and her father, Carl Tyson, describe their feelings about Ann Pettway

As the stolen infant's real mother wept in the federal court in Manhattan, Ann Pettway offered no explanation for the abduction.

Pettway, 51, was arrested last year after the victim, Carlina White, solved her own kidnapping.

She was raised as Nejdra Nance in Connecticut and later in Georgia.



Pettway told the court on Friday how she had caught a train from her home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to New York, where she snatched the 19-day-old from Harlem Hospital, after the baby was brought there with a fever by her parents.

DNA tests

"I went to the hospital," said Pettway, who initially pleaded not guilty last year. "I took a child. It was wrong.''

As part of her plea bargain, prosecutors are to recommend she receives between 10 and 12 years in prison.

In this May 24, 2010 file photo provided by the Wake County (N.C.) Bureau of Identification, Ann Pettway is shown. A prosecutor in a case against Raleigh, North Carolina resident Pettway, the woman accused of kidnapping newborn baby Carlina White from Harlem Hospital in August 1987, says Pettway will plead guilty Friday, Feb. 10, 2o12 to criminal charges in New York.

Ms White's birth mother, Joy White, told reporters afterwards that Pettway should serve 23 years in jail, one for every year she had been separated from her daughter.

Joy White said she remembers Pettway, posing as a nurse, consoling her before picking up the baby and waking away.

After being unable to shake off a sense that she did not belong to the family that raised her, Carlina White began her own inquiries.

Pettway then admitted that she was someone else's daughter, but claimed she had been abandoned by a drug addict.

Ms White traced her true mother after finding a photo of herself on the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

DNA tests last year confirmed her as the daughter of Joy White and Carl Tyson.

The case made headlines internationally and solved a mystery that had baffled police for more than two decades.