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Raleigh woman to plead guilty to NY baby-snatching

Posted February 9, 2012

— 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.


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  • awood2 Feb 10, 2012

    nothing can be done to repair the damage that has been done or the time lost.

  • robjustrob Feb 9, 2012

    Whatever the sentence, I suppose she can always have it overturned once she proves racial bias.

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  • Stevie Crisper Feb 9, 2012

    After seeing her picture Carlina should be glad she is not her momma.

  • muggs Feb 9, 2012

    How can one put a price or enough of a sentence on a crime like this?

  • sap0953 Feb 9, 2012

    Why did she have to take someone's baby....why not adopt? That is a horrible thing to put the parents and the child through!

  • claygriffith01 Feb 9, 2012


  • bombayrunner Feb 9, 2012

    this is the face in the dictionary next to bone headed moves.