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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
On July 10, 1998 -- the day KaMiyah Mobley disappeared -- a kidnapper dressed as a nurse, in a blue smock with flowers and surgical gloves, was captured in grainy surveillance video at the hospital.
Shanara Mobley, who was 16 at the time, told investigators that a woman she thought was a nurse entered her hospital room.
"The suspect remained in the room with the victim and continued helping her and talking with her," said the incident report filed with the sheriff's office.
The mother asked the woman to place her daughter in a baby carrier but she instead left the room with the child, according to the report. The 8-pound baby girl was wrapped in a pink and blue blanket.
taken from: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/14/us/kamiyah-mobley-meets-biological-parents/index.html
Fast forward 18 years to 2017. After numerous tips and offered rewards, an almost adult KaMiyah was found living with her abductor, her only mother she has ever known. Gloria Williams, 51, who Mobley believed was her mother, has been charged with kidnapping and interference with custody.
The sad thing is she is not the first child to be reunited with her birth parents after living with their kidnappers who raised them as their own. Carlina White was found 23 years later after being kidnapped in 1987. And in 1972 Steven Stayner was abducted by a man named Kenneth Parnell, only to be returned 7 years later. You can read more here: http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/most-shocking/shocking-cases-of-kidnapped-children-who-were-found-alive/
Kidnapping and abductions do not only happen to children. It can happen to teenagers and adults as well! (Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus all abducted in Cleveland, Ohio by the same man).
So what happens when there is an abduction or kidnapping? Police will issue an alert and start gathering evidence. From there they will launch a full investigation - interviewing people, reviewing footage and scouring the scene where the abduction took place. Hopefully, by this time they have good leads and the missing person is found. Read what one mother wrote when her child was abducted by a stranger at three years old: http://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/child-kidnapped/
But what about those who are not immediately found - but found days, months, YEARS later? Therapy and love - lots and lots of both! Many have written blogs online (http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/i-was-kidnapped-child-heres-what-happened
), had movies made after them (Lifetime film, Abducted: The Carlina White Story) or they themselves have produced wonderful books (Finding Me: by Michelle Knight - or - A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard). Many of these victims of kidnappings are using the spotlight to gain awareness on child abduction and kidnapping. Because it's real and it's in our backyards! In today's world you have to constantly be on your toes - anything can happen. And by these women I mentioned coming forward and telling their heart-wrenching stories it opens our eyes to what has happened to them. It opens our eyes to make sure it doesn't happen to us or our children, our brothers, our parents.
As for young Kamiyah Mobley, she will be ok with lots of time and love.
What do you think should happen to her kidnapper, the only person Kamiyah has known as her "mother" throughout her whole life?