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IN People ON 30 Sep, 2015
Infant abduction is not unheard of. There have been several cases where children have been kidnapped from public places such as railway stations and hospitals. And as much as such an event is tragic, it only gets worse when one looks into the cases where the missing children are never found. However, not every story has a sad ending, although the 'happy' ending comes along after several, several years! Check out the story of Joy White and her daughter Carlina, and see what we're talking about!
In 1987, Joy White's daughter, Carlina, was kidnapped from the hospital by a woman dressed as a nurse, when Joy had brought Carlina in for a check-up.
The news captured the attention of the people of New York. Joy and her husband Carl searched relentlessly for their daughter, distributed fliers, and even appeared on TV, begging the kidnapper to return their daughter. They hoped to see their daughter again, but as time passed on, hope reduced to nothing.
The "nurse" who took Carlina was Ann Netty. After having difficulty conceiving, Ann kidnapped Carlina and raised her as her own daughter, who she called "Netty." She took Carlina from New York City to Connecticut and then to Georgia - miles away from her real family.
Carlina grew suspicious of her birth origins on her 16th birthday. It was then that she realized that she didn't resemble anyone in her "family." It was also the same year when she became pregnant and needed her birth certificate to receive paternal care. But when she asked her "mom" for it, she refused. Carlina then scavenged through the house to find what she thought was her birth certificate. On taking that document to the government official, she faced accusations of stealing someone else's identity.
Carlina decided to confront Ann about the birth certificate, and when she did, Ann accepted of not being her birth mother. But with that, she also put in a big lie. ""Your mom left you," Ann Pettway said, "and she never came back."
That's when Carlina decided to do some investigation of her own, although she didn't have many leads. Seven years later, she went on the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It's then and there that she saw this photograph: a picture of baby Carlina and a sketch of what she might look like today. It's then when she made the biggest call of her life, literally!
Carlina called Joy White, who notified the police officers. They conducted a DNA test that concluded that Joy was, in fact, her biological mother. In 2010, after 23 years of waiting, Joy was reunited with her daughter, thanks to Carlina, who used her wits to crack her own case. What happened to Ann you ask? Ann Petty pleaded guilty to federal kidnapping charges and is serving a 12-year sentence in prison.
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