The Woman who snatched a baby from the hospital and raised her for 23 YEARS will have 12 years to think about her drama!
51 year old Ann Pettway who stole the baby in 1987 and raised the child as her own has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Pettway, was arrested last year after the victim, Carlina White, discovered she had been kidnapped.
She pleaded guilty in February to kidnapping the three-week-old Ms White from hospital.
Prosecutors increased their recommended sentence to 20 years, saying they had uncovered new facts about the case.
They specifically challenged the defense’s contention that Pettway had provided a “stable, loving and happy home”, for Ms White for 23 years. She was raised as Nejdra Nance in Connecticut and later in Georgia.
Pettway was convicted of five crimes while Ms White was in her custody, according to a probation department, and had used cocaine from 1983 to 2005.
Ms White’s biological mother, Joy White, also told probation officers that her daughter told her that Pettway had once hit her with a shoe, leaving an imprint on her face.
“I went to the hospital,” said Pettway. “I took a child. It was wrong.”
Ann Pettway surrendered to FBI agents last year after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Joy White told reporters afterwards that Pettway should serve 23 years in jail, one for every year she had been separated from her daughter.
Joy White said she remembered Pettway, posing as a nurse, consoling her before picking up the baby and waking away.
After being unable to shake off a sense that she did not belong to the family that raised her, Carlina White began her own inquiries.
Pettway then admitted that she was someone else’s daughter, but claimed she had been abandoned by a drug addict.
Ms White traced her true mother after finding a photo of herself on the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
DNA tests last year confirmed her as the daughter of Joy White and Carl Tyson.
The case made headlines internationally and solved a mystery that had baffled police for more than two decades.