After 20 years, South Carolina woman admits to kidnapping Florida baby

Gloria Williams enters the courtroom prior to entering a guilty plea on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody Monday in the Duval County Courthouse. Williams now faces up to 22 years for the kidnapping of newborn Kamiyah Mobley in 1998.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A nearly 20-year mystery is coming to an end as 52-year-old Gloria Williams pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping newborn Kamiyah Mobley from what was then the University Medical Center in downtown Jacksonville.


The plea agreement calls for a sentence of up to 22 years in prison. She could have received up to life in prison. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for May 3 and 4.

She took care of the child as if she were her own while living in South Carolina. Now 19 and named Alexis Manigo, the young woman met her birth parents in Jacksonville but continues to support the only woman she’s know as her mother.

Within the last couple of years tips to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led authorities to Walterboro, S.C., where they lived. Manigo had been having difficulties getting her driver’s license because she didn’t have a valid birth certificate or Social Security card. Her mother finally confided in her about the truth, according to court documents. Manigo also had discussed it with a friend.

Once authorities started digging deeper and DNA results came back with a positive match, Williams was arrested.

Manigo, nor her birth parents, were in court Monday.