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Woman pleads guilty in 1987 NYC newborn kidnap case

Ann Pettway raised a child taken from a New York hospital two decades ago. On Friday, she pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

NEW YORK -- A woman who snatched a baby from a New York City hospital in 1987 then raised the child as her own daughter has pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

Ann Pettway of Raleigh, N.C., entered the guilty plea Friday at a federal courthouse in Manhattan.

As part of her plea bargain, prosecutors agreed to recommend between 10 and 12½ years in prison for the 51-year-old.


Pettway grabbed Carlina White from Harlem Hospital while masquerading as a worker. She then raised Carlina in Connecticut, posing as her mother for 23 years.

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The birth mother, Joy White, wept during Friday's court session. She says she's outraged over the plea bargain and thinks Pettway should spend at least two decades behind bars.

Carlina White discovered her past in 2010 with the help of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the NYPD. She was reunited with her Bronx family last year.

The judge set a May sentencing date.

This post includes reporting from NBCNewYork.com and The Associated Press.

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