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Kidnap Victim Prepared to Defend Fake Mom in Court

Carlina White

A baby photo of Carlina White

The woman who was taken from a New York hospital when she was just days old in 1987 is prepared to defend the woman responsible for the crime.

Carlina White, 23, met her real parents in January, but agreed to appeal for leniency nonetheless on behalf of her fake mom, Ann Pettway, if she is convicted. Pettway reportedly abused White, and has been charged with her kidnapping.

Pettway snatched White from a hospital in Harlem when she was 19 days old and  suffering from a high fever and took her to Bridgeport, Conn. She renamed the baby Njedra Nance and told people she had been given the baby by a drug-addicted woman.

White was reunited with her real parents in January, but reportedly had a falling out with them a short time later after learning that money that had been held in trust as a reward for her safe return had been spent when her 21st birthday passed and she still had not been found.

The New York Post reported in January that Pettway often abused White during her childhood, including an incident in which she pummeled her with a shoe so hard it left an imprint on her face. Pettway’s lawyer said he recently spoke to White and that he believes she will be “supportive [of Pettway] in every way.”

White got pregnant at age 16 and asked her “mom” for a birth certificate so she could get health care. When Pettway wasn’t able to fork one over, she finally admitted she wasn’t her biological mom. White eventually tracked down her parents earlier this winter through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Pettway’s lawyer said he’s looking for the woman who was seen hanging around the nurse’s station in the hospital around the time of the kidnapping.

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