Woman who kidnapped baby and raised girl as her own for 18 years pleads guilty

PHOTO: Gloria Williams, who kidnapped Kamiyah Mobley when she was a newborn in a Jacksonville hospital in 1998, enters the courtroom for a hearing, Feb. 12, 2018 in Jacksonville, Fla.PlayBob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP
WATCH Woman pleads guilty to 1998 baby kidnapping that garnered national attention

Nearly two decades after she walked into a Florida hospital posing as a nurse and walked out with a newborn, Gloria Williams stood in a courtroom today and admitted she acted alone in the 1998 abduction of the baby she raised as her own in South Carolina.

Williams entered guilty pleas to charges of felony kidnapping and interference of custody in the 4th Judicial Circuit Court in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

The Walterboro, South Carolina, women, 52, told Judge Marianne Aho she was solely responsible for the July 10, 1998, kidnapping of the infant born Kamiyah Mobley at University Medical Center in Jacksonville.

PHOTO: Kidnap victim Kamiyah Mobley poses for a photo with Gloria Williams, the South Carolina woman authorities say abducted Kamiyah from a Florida hospital just after her birth and raised her under a different name.Jacksonville Sheriffs Office
Kidnap victim Kamiyah Mobley poses for a photo with Gloria Williams, the South Carolina woman authorities say abducted Kamiyah from a Florida hospital just after her birth and raised her under a different name.

"Mrs. Williams, are you entering a plea of guilty also because you are, in fact, guilty?" Aho asked the defendant.

Williams replied, "Yes, ma'am."

Her plea came on the same day her trial was to begin in the case. Under the agreement with prosecutors, Williams faces a sentence of anywhere zero to 22 years in prison when Aho decides her punishment in May.

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