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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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