Woman says she stole baby because she couldn't have her own
The woman charged with kidnapping a baby from Harlem Hospital and raising it for 23 years said she took the child for fear she would never have her own, according to court papers released yesterday.
Ann Pettway, 49, of North Carolina, admitted to abducting the 19-day-old Carlina White after a string of miscarriages, adding that she unsuccessfully tried to forge a birth certificate for the girl, the documents show.
Pettyway turned herself in to authorities Sunday in Connecticut and was arraigned yesterday in Manhattan federal court, charged with kidnapping White, now 23, in 1987. She faces up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
“Nothing can compensate Carlina White or her parents for what was stolen from them,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
White, whom Pettway named Nejdra Nance, grabbed national headlines recently when she solved her own missing person case after seeing her baby photos on a missing children’s website. She was reunited with her parents last week.
Pettway was held in custody yesterday after not asking for bail and is due back in court Feb. 7.
Outside of court, her attorney, Robert Baum said: “She has expressed remorse over what happened.”