Woman charged with stealing baby in 1998 pleads not guilty

Gloria Williams

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WCBD) —  Gloria Williams, the woman charged with the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley from Jacksonville in 1998, has entered a plea of not guilty. She faced a judge on Thursday, February 9.

Velma Aiken, the paternal grandmother of Kamiyah Mobley, who was kidnapped as an infant 18 years ago, gets a congratulatory hug from a family member after Mobley was found safe Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Will Dickey /The Florida Times-Union via AP)
Velma Aiken, the paternal grandmother of Kamiyah Mobley, who was kidnapped as an infant 18 years ago, gets a congratulatory hug from a family member after Mobley was found safe Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Will Dickey /The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Williams is charged with kidnapping and interference with custody related to the 1998 abduction of Mobley, who was just eight hours old. The now 18-year-old was living in Walterboro, South Carolina as Alexis Manigo.

Previously, a judge set no bond for Williams on the kidnapping charge and $500,000 on interfering with custody charge.

On Gloria Williams, Alexis Manigo said that she “will always be mom.” Manigo also said she wanted to give her birth parents a chance, saying she owed them the opportunity to get to know her.

She met with Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley in Walterboro in January 2017.

The 18-year-old says she knows her life would have been different had she not been kidnapped. She said discovering another family gives her more love.

Credit: CNN
Credit: CNN

Williams worked for the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Goose Creek as a medical support assistant.

According to a spokesperson at the VA, she is currently on non-working status pending the outcome of the investigation.

Williams did have to complete a background investigation as part of her employment.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 5.

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