A woman in New York has pleaded guilty to kidnapping a baby from a hospital in 1987 and raising her as her own child.
Ann Pettway admitted taking the baby girl, Carlina White, from a ward in a Harlem hospital while posing as a staff member.
She took her to her home in Connecticut, leaving her biological mother, Joy White, distraught.
She was in court to hear Pettway give details about what took place on the day of the kidnapping.
Outside the court Joy White said: “I will never forget her face. And she came up to me and said ‘Don’t cry, your baby is going to be ok.’ And she patted me on my shoulder and she knew what she was doing at the time. And she preyed on me when I was in the hospital. And she knew what she was doing.”
For 23 years Carlina’s parents had no idea of what became of their daughter. They were eventually reunited last year after Carlina herself discovered the truth about her upbringing.
Prosecutors are seeking up to 12 years in jail for Pettway. She will be sentenced in May.