"I Wish They Never Found Her": Mother Regrets Reuniting With Daughter Raised By Her Abductor For 17 Years
On July 10, 1998, Shanara Mobley gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter, but the happiest day of her life turned to nightmare when her child was abducted from maternity ward hours after being born.
For over 17 years, Mobley has been living a life in hope of getting her daughter Kamiyah back, unaware of her fate. But in 2017, her dream came true. Kamiyah was found, but she had a different name, given to her by a different woman.
Kamiyah was raised as Alexis Kelli Manigo by Gloria Williams for 17 years. Owing to a police tip, Alexis was identified as Shanara Mobley's abducted daughter, and was reunited with her biological family.
But contrary to Mobley's expectations, the reunion wasn't successful, and her daughter didn't want to speak to her. As Shanara told The Florida Times Union:
I wish they never would have found her.
So how did it come to this?
The abductor will always be the girl's mother
Gloria Williams took little Kamiyah from the maternity ward after suffering a devastating miscarriage. She wasn't thinking straight, but meant no harm to the child.
We're in court this morning to ask the judge in the Gloria Williams case to allow us to livestream Thursday's sentencing hearing. Williams is accused of kidnapping infant Kamiyah Mobley and raising her for 18 years @FCN2go pic.twitter.com/0qtUwPabAS— anne schindler (@schindy) April 25, 2018
The woman raised Kamiyah as Alexis Kelli, and the girl was never mistreated. She grew up with Gloria's two other sons, whom she considers brothers.
It's not difficult to understand why Alexis, who prefers to go by the name Gloria gave her, sees her abductor as her mom. She loved and cared for her, they have created a bond. After 17 years, it's difficult for her to accept her biological family, because she doesn't know them.
In addition, Gloria was sentenced to 18 years in prison for kidnapping, which doesn't sit right with Alexis. The girl constantly writes to the woman, calling her mom. CBS News reported what Gloria said to Alexis in court:
I never meant to hurt you. I never meant to cause you any harm, any pain, any of that. I'm sorry. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I tried to love you the best way I could.
"As for Kamiyah as for Kamiyah, I never meant to hurt you. I never meant to hurt you. I just love that child so. I never meant to cause you any harm, any pain." Gloria Williams speaks directly to the teen, who sits expressionless in court. "I will always love you" @FCN2go pic.twitter.com/MfNEGAWMiP— anne schindler (@schindy) May 4, 2018
Interestingly, Alexis found out the truth before she was discovered, but even then she told Gloria to run if she had to, and didn't want to leave her family.
Currently, the girl has no contact with her biological family, which pains Shanara Mobley greatly. And although justice prevailed, would Alexis be better off if no one found out the truth?