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Raleigh woman could take plea deal in NY baby snatching case

Posted December 22, 2011
Updated December 23, 2011

— 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.

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  • airbornemonty Dec 23, 2011

    The young woman that Pettway kidnapped is twenty-four years old now, I would give her twenty-four years in the slammer.

    But then again, if the DA is attempting to make a deal with Pettway even though she has admitted the kidnapping what more can I say other than to become angry and I refuse to do that.

  • wildcat Dec 23, 2011

    This woman certainly needs to see some good prison time of 60 years. Look what she done to the family she stole the baby from. She should not be slap on the wrist and let go. She should be facing her dire consequences seriously. I do hope and pray that the judge and jury will do the right thing and put her away for 60 years.

  • colonlanzolla Dec 23, 2011

    PUT HER AWAY!!! MANY OF US WITHOUT CHILDREN WOULD DO ALMST ANYTHING TO HAVE ONE, EXCEPT CAUSE THIS PAIN TO ANOTHER WOMAN.

  • FragmentFour Dec 23, 2011

    "What does NC law have to do with something that happened in Harlem,NEW YORK??" Coach K is still GREAT

    Not much, except the laws are similar and the woman is now (or was prior to her arrest) a resident of NC.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Dec 23, 2011

    fayncmike, I won't suggest the death penalty in this case because no one's actual life was taken, but I will suggest that she do a very long prison sentence because she willfully and knowingly took someone else's baby away without their permission under false pretenses. Last I checked, NC called that kidnapping. She should be punished for what she did to this family, and her punishment should be swift and severe. Or do you suggest that she just go to therapy?
    tierneemalinadeveaux
    December 23, 2011 12:48 p.m.
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    What does NC law have to do with something that happened in Harlem,NEW YORK??

  • FragmentFour Dec 23, 2011

    Not trying to excuse or condone what this woman did, but isn't there a statute of limitations on kidnapping without extortion demands or death/injury to the child?

  • fayncmike Dec 23, 2011

    "Ummm, not if there wasn't murder involved.
    jedichick"

    That's not how a lot of people here think:)

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Dec 23, 2011

    fayncmike, I won't suggest the death penalty in this case because no one's actual life was taken, but I will suggest that she do a very long prison sentence because she willfully and knowingly took someone else's baby away without their permission under false pretenses. Last I checked, NC called that kidnapping. She should be punished for what she did to this family, and her punishment should be swift and severe. Or do you suggest that she just go to therapy?

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Dec 23, 2011

    What options could there be for a plea deal? She should just plead guilty and beg for mercy at sentencing.

  • buffalobills-last-roundup Dec 23, 2011

    She needs to go to prison for a long, long time.

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