Raleigh woman to plead guilty to NY baby-snatching
Posted February 9, 2012
NEW YORK — A Raleigh woman will plead guilty Friday to snatching a newborn from a New York City hospital more than two decades ago, according to federal court records.
Ann Pettway was arrested in January 2011 on charges she kidnapped Carlina White from Harlem Hospital in 1987.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Surratt filed notice Wednesday that Pettway would plead guilty as part of a plea agreement.
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.
The FBI has said Pettway took the baby after her own efforts to have a child failed.