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Baby Kidnapped from Hospital in ’87 Solves her own Abduction Mystery & Reunites with Mother

January 20, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

Carlina White was abducted from a Harlem, New York hospital in 1987 when she was just 19 days old. She was snatched up by a phony nurse and raised as Nejdra Nance in Connecticut. But she could never quite escape the feeling that something was amiss in her life. She didn’t look like anyone in her “family” and she harbored suspicions that the woman who claimed to be her mother was using a fake social security number.

Carlina decided to investigate her background, contacting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She was shocked but not surprised to find a photo on their website that she believed was of herself as a baby.

The Center assisted Carlina with contacting her real mother earlier this month, with the New York Police Department re-opening the cold-case investigation and setting up DNA tests.

Carlina didn’t wait for the test results, which came back positive, to confirm her ancestry; she reunited with her mother, Joy White, last week. “I’m overwhelmed. I’m just happy. It’s like a movie; it’s all brand new to me,” White told the New York Daily News. “Is it really happening? “her mother asked in disbelief. “I always dreamed [of] this.”

Carlina was kidnapped on August 4, 1987. Joy brought her to a hospital in Harlem because she was suffering from a fever. She left for a couple of hours and when she returned, Carlina was gone. A woman in nurse’s clothes– an impostor– had the audacity to comfort Joy before leaving the hospital with the baby. That was 23 years ago.

“I want her to suffer,” Joy said of the kidnapper, identified as Cassandra Pettway. “I want her to do some time, like I suffered for 23 years.” Carlina alleges she was abused by Pettway, who she said was a drug addict.

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