A woman convicted of stealing a newborn from a Florida hospital decades ago testified Friday that she placed the infant in a bag to get her out of the building, and worried she would be discovered as she left.
Gloria Williams, 52, described the kidnapping Friday during her sentencing hearing in a Jacksonville courtroom. Williams faces up to 22 years in prison for kidnapping and interference of custody.
Williams wore scrubs into a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 and posed as a nurse to get a new mother to hand over her baby. She put the baby, Kamiyah Mobley, in a bag and left.
‘What I remember is I was running, I was walking and at any time someone could grab my arm and say “What do you have in the bag?”‘ Williams said.
Williams testified that she’d had a miscarriage about a month before taking Kamiyah. She said she was in an abusive relationship at the time, had lost custody of two other children and that the abuse led to the loss of her pregnancy.
After her loss, she drove south to Jacksonville from South Carolina, and said she had no plans to kidnap a child.
‘I felt like I was on autopilot. My life was out of control, I lost everything,’ she said.
Williams raised Mobley – who grew up as Alexis Manigo – in South Carolina until her arrest in 2017.