A newborn baby who was reportedly abducted from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 has been found alive. The child, who is now 18-years-old, was found this week in Walterboro, South Carolina, reports CNN.
Kamiyah Mobley was born at Jacksonville’s University Medical Center in 1998. Nearly eight hours after her birth, she was kidnapped by a woman who posed as a nurse at the medical facility. The woman, 51-year-old Gloria Williams, created a new identity for Mobley with fraudulent documents and raised her as her own child. Mobley was given the name Alexis Manigo, according to CNN.
Mobley’s mother Shanara, who was 16 at the time she gave birth, received $1.5 million from a lawsuit settlement with the University Medical Center following her child’s disappearance. She has had three other children since the incident, reports CNN.
As Mobley got older she started to question whether or not Williams was her biological mother. She was located in 2015 after several tips related to her disappearance were sent to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. DNA results that were revealed on Thursday show that the 18-year-old, who now lives in South Carolina, was the baby who went missing in 1998, CNN reports.
According to Jacksonville sheriff Mike Williams, Williams was arrested and now faces charges related to kidnapping and custody interference. The incident has been a lot for Mobley to take in. “She’s taking it as well as you can imagine,” Sherriff Williams told CNN. “She has a lot to process. She has a lot to think about. This is a case like we have not seen in this country in a long time.”
News about the abduction shocked many people on social media.
Mobley’s birth parents, who still reside in Jacksonville, were “extremely excited and overwhelmed with emotion” about the news, according to CNN. However, no details have been revealed on whether they will be reunited with Kamiyah.
This is a 2019 mugshot of the murder suspect Cobb police shot & killed today. Samuel Mallard, 19, was previously arrested for impersonating officers a half dozen times. In the 2020 case, the GBI says he’s involved in a murder/robbery. CCPD says there are other suspects. @wsbtvhttps://t.co/7EfuVQLmNBpic.twitter.com/ttWg5HjFkj
This is Jaquavion Slaton, the 20-year-old who was was shot & killed by Fort Worth Police on Sunday. Community demanding release of body camera video, but FWPD hasn’t said when/if that will happen. #WFAApic.twitter.com/iakQyWrRCl
Continue reading 71 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
71 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
UPDATED: 2:39 p.m. ET, Jan. 7, 2020 --
Police shooting and killing Black males is all but a centuries-old American tradition among law enforcement in the U.S. But the fact that this apparent rite of police passage is still thriving in 2019 and only seems to be gaining momentum and not slowing should give any American citizen pause as an increasing number of Black people -- especially males both young and old -- continue to be added to a growing list of victims with what seems like a new shooting every week.
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Most recently, police in Cobb County, Georgia shot and killed a teenager who they said was identified as a "murder suspect." When cops went to serve a warrant to Samuel David Mallard at his home, the 19-year-old reportedly fled before officers stopped he vehicle and "Issued verbal command," according to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). What came next, though, was unclear -- except for the part where four police officers all fired shots at Mallard, who local news outlets said vaguely "did not cooperate" with law enforcement. Conveniently, the GBI also announced that "a gun was found in Mallard’s vehicle," although there were no reports that alleged gun ever posed a threat to the lives of the officers involved.
Some of the other victims' names include, but certainly aren't limited to, Tamir Rice; Botham Shem Jean; E.J. Bradford; and Michael Brown. But two of the most recent names that can tragically be included in this deadly equation are Michael Dean, a 28-year-old father who police shot in the head on Dec. 3, 2019, and Jamee Johnson, a 22-year-old HBCU student who police shot to death after a questionable traffic stop on Dec. 14, 2019.
One of the most distressing parts of this seemingly nonstop string of police killings of Black people is the fact that more times than not, the officer involved in the shooting can hide behind the claim that they feared for their lives -- even if the victim was shot in the back, as has become the case for so many deadly episodes involving law enforcement. In a handful of those cases -- such as Antwon Rose, a 13-year-old boy killed in Pittsburgh, and Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old killed in Sacramento, both of whom were unarmed -- the officers either avoided being criminally charged altogether or were acquitted despite damning evidence that the cops' lives were not threatened and there was no cause for them to resort to lethal force or any violence for that matter.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who has been retained in so many of these cases, described the above scenarios in his new book, "Open Season," as the "genocide" of Black people.
As NewsOne continues covering these shootings that so often go ignored by mainstream media, the below running list (in no certain order) of Black men and boys who have been shot and killed by police under suspicious circumstances can serve as a tragic reminder of the dangers Black and brown citizens face upon being born into a world of hate that has branded them as suspects since birth.