The woman who stole a newborn from Harlem Hospital in 1987 finally confesses to the crime.
Ann Pettway, 44, admitted her crime to police today (Jan. 24). She confessed to giving Carlina White a new name and raising her as her own in Connecticut. She allegedly kidnapped the then three-week-old child while posing as a nurse at the Harlem Hospital in New York City. The snatcher is due to receive federal kidnapping charges after she turned herself in to the FBI on Sunday (Jan. 23).
Pettway was pregnant in 1987 but lost the baby. She then kidnapped Carlina and renamed her Njedra Nance, raising her in Bridgeport, Ct. She even tried to mock-up a fake birth certificate but could never create a realistic enough looking one.
According to CBS News Legal Analyst Jack Ford, the federal charges can have serious consequences. “In the federal scheme of things, kidnapping is one of the top charges you can get,” Ford said. “It’s a significant crime in the federal scheme of things – a range of 10 years to life in prison.” Considering Carlina’s real mom spent 23 years worrying and wondering about the whereabouts of her baby girl, I think Pettway deserves to spend the rest of her life behind bars. Do you agree?
“Pettway is sorry and she knows that she has caused a lot of pain,” according to the criminal complaint that was filed against her earlier today (Jan. 24).
“She’s pretty upset, but she understands what’s going on,” says her public defender, Robert Baum, who just met his client early Monday (Jan. 24) morning. “She became aware of the police chasing after her because of press accounts.”
How did she manage to live with herself for all those years? Luckily this story has a happy ending and Carlina is now bonding with her birth family.