When newborn Kamiyah Mobley was kidnapped from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital hours after she was born in 1998, police had little hope she would ever be found again.
Her parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley, were devastated by the loss — but they never gave up.
Last week, Kamiyah was discovered by police living under the false name Alexis Manigo in South Carolina, according to earlier reports.
She had been raised by her kidnapper, 51-year-old Gloria Williams, for the past 18 years.Image Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Police say that the woman kidnapped Kamiyah shortly after she had miscarried her own child. She posed as a nurse to sneak the child out of the hospital. By the time anyone noticed, it was too late.
Aiken and Mobley were thrilled to be reunited with their little girl once more last week.
— First Coast News (@FCN2go) January 15, 2017
But the kidnapping victim doesn’t seem so excited to be free of her abductor. She has fiercely defended Williams on her Facebook page in the days since her rescue.
The New York Post reports that the teen proclaimed her mom’s innocence in a Facebook post following her arrest, though the post has since been deleted. She wrote:
“Momma raised me with everything I needed and most of all everything I wanted. My mother is no felon.”
She also took to the social media platform on Monday to blast the man that raised her, Charles Manigo.
She said her abductor did a better job of parenting than he ever did:
Image Credit: Screenshot/Facebook
“WHO WAS THERE , GLORIA WILLIAMS , SO WHAT IS A CHARLES MANIGO .YOU WORK AT A CAR DEALERSHIP AND MY GRANDDADDY STILL GAVE MY FIRST CAR. I CALL MY GRANDDADDY DADDY AND HE EARNED IT.”
Manigo said he had no involvement in the kidnapping, and believed she was his biological child until last week.
The teen also recently posted the song “Gloria” by the band Enchantment to her Facebook page with a heart emoji, most likely in tribute to her “mother.”Image Credit: Screenshot/Facebook
But new information provided by police may give a clue as to why the teen is defending the woman who kidnapped her: In short, she may have already known the truth.
KTLA reports that the teen may have begun to unravel the lies when she realized all of her identification documents were fake.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams told KTLA:
“So her Social Security card and her birth certificate were both fraudulent. And that began to raise questions, I’m sure.”
And when she went asking questions she may have learned about her past:
“We’re not sure in what detail she knew or how much she knew or how much she was told, but we believe that there was a conversation at some point with some explanation about why her birth documents were fraudulent.”
It is understandable why the teen would support the only mother she’s ever known—but her unshakable devotion to the kidnapper, even after finding her birth parents, seems to be raising questions.