A US woman who was kidnapped as a infant 23 years ago says finding her real mother “felt like a dream”.
The woman was named Carlina White by her parents but was raised in Connecticut under the name Nejdra Nance. She said: “I’m so happy. At the same time, it’s a funny feeling because everything’s brand new. It’s like being born again.”
Carlina was kidnapped in 1987 as a 19-day-old baby after her parents took her to Harlem Hospital with a fever. A woman who was dressed as a nurse abducted the baby and no suspect was ever arrested.
Her distraught parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, feared they would never see their daughter again.
Carlina was raised by an abusive drug addict, she told the New York Post. She said she had long suspected that she was not the woman’s real daughter. When she got pregnant herself at 16, she asked her mother for a birth certificate so she could get prenatal care. Her mother could not provide one.
Carlina gave birth to a daughter who is now six and when she recently moved on her own to Atlanta, Georgia, she decided to seek out her birth parents. She enlisted the help of the Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, who contacted Joy White.
“We may have found your daughter,” Joy White said the caller told her, with DNA tests later confirming that Nejdra was, in fact, Carlina.
Joy White said: “I’m sitting here and I’m in a daze, thinking, ‘Is this for real?’ I missed the last 23 years of her life. I have to take it all in, for now just take it day by day.”
Carlina White said: “I just never gave up on finding my real mother. I just kept on pushing.”