US woman who stole baby in 1987 receives 12 years


AFP

NEW YORK — A woman who snatched a 3-week-old baby from a New York hospital in 1987 and brought her up as her own daughter until being caught last year was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison. Ann Pettway was mentally ill and distraught over repeated miscarriages when she dressed up as a nurse and kidnapped Carlina White from Harlem Hospital on August 4, 1987, Judge Kevin Castel said. But in passing sentence, the Manhattan federal judge said she had “inflicted a parents’ worst nightmare.” Earlier in the emotional court hearing, Pettway, 50, told the tearful biological parents of White that she was “deeply sorry.” But that wasn’t good enough for White’s parents, who spoke movingly about the agony of having their newborn vanish, then of 23 years of sorrow and now the anguish that continues to overshadow their joyful reunion last year. “I’m broken into a million pieces,” the mother, Joy White, said, describing how her daughter has yet to disentangle her identity.