JACKSONVILLE, FL (WCSC) - The woman accused of kidnapping a baby from a Florida hospital 18 years ago, then raising her as her own, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, according to jail records.
Gloria Williams was arrested at her home in Walterboro on Jan. 13 after DNA testing confirmed a teen she had passed off as her daughter was actually missing girl Kamiyah Mobley.
She was booked in jail in Duval County, Florida, on Jan. 17 on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody, jail records state.
She entered a not guilty plea on Feb. 9. A judge also granted a motion filed to declare Williams unable to pay for legal fees.
Investigators said Williams befriended Kamiyah's 16-year-old mother at the hospital, pretending to be a nurse. To medical personnel, she posed as a member of Mobley's family.
Detectives believe Williams entered a hospital room dressed as a nurse and left with Mobley, wrapped in a pink and blue blanket, on July 10, 1998.
For the next 18 years, investigators say Williams passed Mobley off as her daughter — under the name Alexis Manigo. A tip sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led investigators in Jacksonville some 200 miles away to Colleton County, where they found an 18-year-old woman with the same birthday as the missing girl but living under a different name.
Williams' story began to fall apart when authorities realized fraudulent documents were being used to establish Manigo's identity.