US kidnap probe woman arrested

US kidnap probe woman arrested

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Ann Pettway raised a child kidnapped from a New York hospital two decades ago

A North Carolina woman who raised a child kidnapped from a New York hospital two decades ago is in custody on a parole violation charge, the FBI said.

Ann Pettway surrendered to the FBI and Bridgeport police on a warrant from North Carolina, FBI supervisory special agent William Reiner said.

She was on probation because of a conviction for attempted embezzlement and was not allowed to leave the state.

North Carolina officials said on Friday that Pettway had violated her probation and was believed to be on the run from authorities.

Correction officials tried repeatedly to contact Pettway after finding out investigators wanted to question her in the 1987 abduction of the infant, who is now grown up and was recently reunited with her long-lost family. Pettway is on probation because of a conviction for attempted embezzlement and is not allowed to leave North Carolina.

The abducted child, Carlina White, had long suspected Pettway was not her biological mother because she could never provide her with a birth certificate. No suspects were ever identified in White’s 1987 disappearance from Harlem Hospital in Manhattan. White is now 23 years old and has been living under the name Nejdra Nance in Connecticut.

She was recently reunited with her biological family, which believes Pettway was the kidnapper.

Her parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, said a woman who looked like a nurse had comforted them at the hospital. The girl was just 19 days old and had been admitted in the middle of the night with a high fever. Her parents left the hospital to rest and found she was missing when they came back.

Ms Nance told the New York Post in an interview posted on Thursday that being reunited with her family was like a dream.

“I’m so happy,” she said. “At the same time, it’s a funny feeling because everything’s brand new. It’s like being born again.”

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