‘Kidnap Mom’ Gets 12 Years In Prison For Stealing Baby 25 Years Ago

Tue, July 31, 2012 10:33am EST by 2 Comments
Courtesy of NBC

Ann Pettway, who stole a newborn from a Harlem hospital and raised the baby as her own, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The long-suffering birth parents demanded a longer prison sentence for snatching their 19-day-old daughter out from under them. Read on for the shocking details.

Ann Pettway, 50, was given a federal prison sentence of only 12 years — half of the life she stole from Carlina White, 24. When Carlina was a sick newborn recovering in a Harlem hospital, Ann dressed up as a nurse in order to snatch the 19-day-old and bring her home, where she raised her as her own daughter for 23 years.

It wasn’t until last year that Carlina — who was raised as Nejdra Nance by Ann in Connecticut while her parents sufferd in nearby New York City — discovered her true birth parents, Carl Tyson and Joy White.

The parents had suffered for more than two decades wondering what happened to their baby girl. When the time finally came to bring justice to their daughter’s kidnapper, Carl and Joy were not satisfied with the 12-year sentence.

Carl said federal judge Judge Kevin Castel “didn’t have sympathy” for his family, according to the New York Post. “If this had happened to the judge, how would he feel?” Carl said outside court.

The parents are now struggling to build a relationship with Carlina, who now lives outside of Atlanta, after missing out on 23 years of her life.

Ann has been in prison since she surrendered to police last year. Carlina tracked down her real birth parents through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after Ann admitted that she was not her real mother.

What do YOU think of the prison sentence HollyMoms? Let us know in the comments below!

– Christina Stiehl

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Posted at 10:19 PM on October 7, 2012  

12 years?????? Ann Pettway should be in prison for each year she took. Nothing but pure selfishness. Since she been held her captive for 23 years, she should serve 23 years with no visitation rights from any family members including Carlina to give Ann an idea of what she cost. Just because Carlina still has connections to the Pettway family, I could careless, if I were the biological family, I want to make Anns life a living hell. An eye for an eye.
The damaged she cost can’t be fix. Her daughter has no bond to her family which she stole and probably will never have because of Ann’s selfishness. If Ann wants a child so bad, why don’t she just adopt one? If I were the family I would sue the Pettway family for every penny they have. I would like to ask the judge how he feel if his daughter or son was taken by Ann, the sentence he give was appropiate.

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Posted at 12:43 PM on July 31, 2012  

she held this kid captive for TWENTY FIVE YEARS and is only being held in prison for 12??!?

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