After Kamiyah Mobley Kidnapping, Experts Show Technology Being Used to Track Newborns in Hospitals
Many hospitals today use ankle bracelets to help prevent a child from being kidnapped from a hospital.
Following the reunion of 18-year-old Kamiyah Mobley with her biological parents over the weekend, many are wondering if her abduction could happen again.
Mobley was just eight hours old when she was kidnapped from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. There wasn't even time to take the first photo; police made a composite as to what they believed the girl looked like.
Charles Manigo, the man who says raised her as his daughter, only to learn last week that he was not her real father, spoke to ABC News.
"The person she called dad for 18 years isn't her dad," Manigo said. "It is a big shock to me, it is a bigger shock to her."
The accused kidnapper she came to love as her mom remains behind bars. Gloria Williams, 51, is charged with kidnapping after allegedly taking the newborn from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital on July 10, 1998. Williams was Manigo’s partner; the two split up in 2003 and shared custody of Mobley.
Mobley took to Facebook over the weekend and claimed Manigo was not a big part of her life.
“He did nothing," the teen wrote. "He was not there when I moved to Georgia, never saw him... You were nothing to me my whole life."
Her kidnapping is eerily similar to another high-profile baby kidnapping from a hospital.
In 2011, Carlina White was reunited with her real parents after being kidnapped 23 years before in New York City.
Criminologist Dr. Casey Jordan says many baby kidnappers share the same dysfunction.
"The female is usually of childbearing age. She has usually lost a child lately, is unable to have child, or has been faking a pregnancy and has to present a child to fit with the lies she has been telling," Dr. Jordan told Inside Edition.
David Neal, of Arcadia Methodist Hospital near Los Angeles, showed Inside Edition a tagging system being used by many hospitals to prevent abductions.
The infant is fitted with a special ankle bracelet and it monitors the baby's movements and whereabouts.
Neal said: "If anybody would attempt to leave with the baby, or it would get close to any of our doors, or cut the band, or try to remove the band by pulling the tabs, it would set our system off."
Kamiyah Mobley, whose name was changed to Alexis Manigo, finally met her biological parents, Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken, at a Walterboro, South Carolina, police station on Saturday after 18 years.
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