COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Sentencing is underway in the case of a Lowcountry woman accused of kidnapping a baby from a Jacksonville hospital and raising it on her own in Colleton County.
Williams herself took the stand Friday morning. She testified she had a miscarriage in 1998, the same year she's accused of taking the child. She said she was depressed after it happened. She added that she felt like she was on autopilot and got on I-95 south. "I had no clue," she said. "I had no plans. I had nothing packed or anything"
"I did go to the floor (of the hospital) to look at the babies at the ward. Just looked at them and just thought about the baby I had lost," Williams said. She admitted to going into the birth mother's room and taking the baby to South Carolina:
The child's biological mother, grandmother and father all testified at Thursday's hearing. The mother said she wanted Willams sentenced to death.
Charles Manigo, who dated Williams until 2013, also took the stand on Thursday.
"For the last year it's been one nightmare still going on," Manigo said."For 18 years...I had a beautiful child. Down in my heart she still is my child. I love her to death."
Manigo raised the girl together with Williams and shared custody after they split. Manigo said Williams told him she had given birth to their daughter when he was away.
The sentencing hearing is expected to last for two days, and the kidnapped daughter could possibly testify.
A woman was determined to be the abducted child through DNA testing with Williams allegedy using the name Alexis Manigo for the child.
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.