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Raleigh Woman Sentenced To 12 Years In 1987 Kidnapping

A woman who snatched a newborn from a New York hospital more than two decades ago and raised the child as her own has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Ann Pettway, of Raleigh, N.C., was sentenced Monday in Manhattan.

She pleaded guilty in February to kidnapping, saying she took a train from her Connecticut home to Harlem Hospital in 1987. While there, she said, she scooped up Carlina White, a 3-week-old who was brought to the emergency room with a fever.

Carlina's birth mother, Joy White, says Pettway robbed her of 23 years with her child.

The case was solved by Carlina, who became increasingly suspicious of her own identity and matched a photograph of herself with one on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.


A woman who snatched a newborn baby from a New York hospital more than two decades ago and raised her as her own is awaiting sentencing.

Ann Pettway will face a Manhattan federal court judge on Monday afternoon.

She pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge in February.

During her court appearance then, the 51-year-old Pettway offered details of the 1987 kidnapping. She said she took a train from her Connecticut home to Harlem Hospital, where she scooped up Carlina White, a 3-week-old baby who had been brought to the emergency room by her parents.

As part of Pettway's plea bargain, prosecutors recommended between 10 and 12 1/2 years in prison.
Carlina's birth mother, Joy White, says Pettway robbed her of 23 years with her child.


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