Raleigh woman could take plea deal in NY baby snatching case
Posted December 22, 2011
Updated December 23, 2011
NEW YORK — A prosecutor in a case against a Raleigh woman accused of snatching a newborn from a New York City hospital more than two decades ago says a plea deal might be in the works.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Surratt told a judge Thursday both sides were in the midst of "very productive" discussions aimed at a plea deal.
Ann Pettway has pleaded not guilty to a kidnapping charge. She was arrested last January on charges she kidnapped Carlina White from Harlem Hospital in 1987.
The FBI has said Pettway took the baby after her own efforts to have a child failed.
Public defender Robert Baum says the talks are in a sensitive stage and should be confidential.
White, now 24, was 19 days old when her parents took her to the hospital on Aug. 4, 1987, with a high fever.
Joy White and Carl Tyson said a woman who looked like a nurse had comforted them. The couple left the hospital to rest, but their baby was missing when they went back the following day.
White, who had been living under the name Nejdra Nance in Connecticut and in the Atlanta area, said she had long suspected Pettway wasn't her biological mother because she could never provide her with a birth certificate and because she didn't look like anyone else in Pettway's family.