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After 23 Years A Kidnapped Baby Is Reunited With Her Birth Mother! What A Happy Ending!

Fri, January 21, 2011 8:30am EDT by 1 Comment

This is amazing! An infant snatched from a Harlem Hospital in 1987 is finally reunited with her biological mother.

Stories like this give so many parents hope. Carlina White, now 23, went missing from a Harlem Hospital, on Aug. 4, 1987. The 19-day-old baby had been admitted because of a 104 degree fever. The next morning, her mother Joy White, who was 16 at the time, discovered her baby was kidnapped by a woman disguised as a nurse. Over two decades later, Carlina, who was raised with the name Nejdra Nance, has been reunited with her elated mother, Joy.

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“It’s a wonderful feeling. Now I can sleep,” Joy tells The New York Post. “I’ve been worried for all these years. I never took her picture off my dresser. I never gave up looking for her.” HollyMoms, can you even imagine this woman’s pain and suffering as she wondered for 23 years about what had become of the baby girl she only knew for 19 days.

This reunion wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some modern day technology. When she couldn’t find records of her birth certificate, Carlina began to suspect that she was not biologically related to the family who raised her. While searching the internet she discovered the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children site, where she spotted a photo of a girl named Carlina Renae White. That photo looked just like her baby pictures that were snapped by the family she thought was her own. Carlina couldn’t believe what she was seeing and went on to contact Joy, 39, forwarding her a baby picture.

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Joy agreed that there were striking similarities between the pictures. The two women contacted the NYPD and got DNA swabs from the biological mother and the biological father, Carl Tyson, in order to see if there was a match. On Tuesday (Jan. 18) the NYPD confirmed the DNA and told Carlina that she was in fact Joy’s baby who was taken for the hospital back in 1987.

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“We had a ball,” Joy says of her reunion with her daughter. “I cooked and invited all the family. We hugged and cried. She wanted to know about everyone. I missed the last 23 years of her life. I have to take it all in, for now just take it day-by-day.”

Back in 1987, the city offered a $10,000 reward and questioned a Baltimore woman who’d been spotted hanging around the hospital dressed as a nurse, but no arrests were made. In 1992, Joy and Carl, who was 22 when Carlina was born, obtained a $750,000 settlement in their lawsuit against the city, which runs Harlem Hospital. The kidnappers, who have not been identified, could face federal prosecution, as there is no statute of limitations for kidnapping a child under 18 as long as that child remains alive.

How incredible is this story? I was so affected by it and the fact that it gives so many grieving parents hope that some day they may see their missing loved ones again.

–Leigh Blickley

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