Raleigh Woman Who Raised NY Baby Held Without Bail

A North Carolina woman accused of kidnapping a baby from a New York City hospital 23 years ago has been ordered held without bail on kidnapping charges.

Ann Pettway wore a blue prison jumpsuit, folded her hands, stared straight ahead and didn't say a word during her five-minute appearance in federal court Monday in Manhattan.

The FBI says the 49-year-old Pettway confessed to taking a newborn girl from Harlem Hospital in 1987 and raising the girl as her own.

It turns out that the kidnap victim, Carlina White, has multiple relatives here in Eastern Carolina who she has never met. A uncle lives in Gates County, while two aunts live in Hertford County, all from her father's side.

An FBI agent said in court papers charging Pettway with kidnapping that the woman suffered several miscarriages before taking the baby from Harlem Hospital by train to her home in Bridgeport, Conn.

She surrendered Sunday to the FBI and Bridgeport, Conn., police. The warrant was issued in North Carolina, where she's on probation because of a conviction for attempted embezzlement.

Pettway turned herself in days after a widely publicized reunion between the child she raised, now an adult, and her biological mother.

The father of Carlina White says the adjustment of meeting his grown daughter has been hard.

Carl Tyson says he's happy to have found his daughter.

He tells NBC's "Today" show that he now has the "whole puzzle," all four of his kids.

But he admitted he didn't know what he's supposed to be doing with a 23-year old. He joked: "Should I be feeding her baby food?"

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by NCResident Location: Hertford County on Feb 15, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    Nonliberal, you don't sound to bright or competent yourself. Go back to grammer school! Your comments are irrelevant to this article.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    This is truly a sad story, on both parts for the child its horrible and for this want to be mom to. She must have really wanted a baby to love and raise as her own in order to go steal one and raise her and keep her, I'm glad this story ended with the child being safe and she's beautiful.
  • by congratulations Location: enc on Jan 27, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    Congratulations on your reunion.
  • by To Nonliberal Location: MHC on Jan 24, 2011 at 09:45 PM
    Your comments make no sense, you don't know anything about this woman's birth parents. I don't know how this story got you commenting about african american parenting. What does that have to do with this story? This woman did something very wrong. She robbed a child of a lifetime of memories she can never recover. I hope she raised this girl well and loved her. But that still does not make it right.
  • by Fed Up Location: Winterville on Jan 24, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Nonliberal get a life! You should keep your dumb comments to yourself!
  • by Nonliberal Location: SSoffice! on Jan 24, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    I dont condone her actions one bit.But to bad the african american young woman and man now a days dont strive to be a good parent.Who knows,this woman might end up with child support owed to her as corrupt as this liberal society is.She also may have done this now young woman a favor.
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