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Kidnapping case with Raleigh ties featured in Lifetime TV movie

Posted August 6, 2012

— A Raleigh woman who kidnapped a 19-day-old baby from a New York hospital 25 years ago will be depicted in a Lifetime TV movie currently under production.

Ann Pettway, 50, was sentenced Monday to 12 years in federal prison for posing as a nurse and snatching Carlina White from Harlem Hospital on Aug. 4, 1987, where the baby was being treated for a fever.

Pettway raised White as her own daughter, but White long suspected that Pettway was not her biological mother.

In January 2011, White found her baby photo on the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

White's story is being documented in the TV movie "Abducted: The Carlina White Story," which stars Aunjanue Ellis, of "The Help," as Pettway.

Keke Palmer, of "Madea's Family Reunion" and TV's "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," plays White. "The View's" Sherri Shepherd plays the role of White's biological mother.

An air date has not been set, but various media outlets report that it's slated to be released this year.

White's case isn't the first with local ties to be portrayed in a Lifetime movie.

In 2007, "The Staircase Murders" told the story of novelist Michael Peterson, who was convicted in 2003 of killing his wife in their Durham home.


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