Plea deal possible for alleged baby snatcher Ann Pettaway
The woman who allegedly snatched a baby girl from Harlem Hospital in 1987 and raised her as her own might agree to a plea deal to avoid spending the rest of her life behind bars.
Ann Pettway, 50, of Raleigh, N.C., could get life in prison if she is found guilty of kidnapping in the case, which had a pre-trial conference yesterday in Manhattan before U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Castel. Her trial is set to begin April 2. While no plea deal has yet been offered, a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office reportedly told the court the two sides are discussing the possibility.
Pettway allegedly told FBI agents after she was arrested in Bridgeport, Conn., earlier this year that she took the girl because she had difficulty carrying a child of her own to term. The case received national attention after the girl, who now goes by the name Carlina White, began to suspect that Pettway was not her mother and contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited children to inquire about missing children from the late 1980s. She solved her own cold case, eventually reuniting with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, of the Bronx, in January.