Woman Who Raised Kidnapped Girl Taken Into Custody

Mom went MIA after 23-year-old daughter reunited with biological parents

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    TK
    North Carolina Dept. of Corrections

    A woman who raised a baby girl kidnapped from a Harlem hospital has turned herself into police more than 20 years after her alleged crime.

    Ann Pettway is in custody in Bridgeport, Conn., federal officials confirmed Sunday. 

    Pettway was wanted for violating her parole in North Carolina, and  she is expected to be extradited back to that state.

    Her arrest there stemmed from an attempted embezzlement but officials also want to question her about the infant girl's 1987 abduction.  That kidnapping is back in the spotlight after the now grown woman discovered her past and started an amazing quest to reunite with her real Bronx family.

    Carlina White, now 23, was taken from her hospital crib at Harlem Hospital in 1987, when she was just 19 days old. Under the name of Nejdra Nance, White grew up in Connecticut and later Georgia under Pettway's care.

    Following a hunch that Pettway wasn't her biological mother, White found and reached out to her real mother with the help of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the NYPD.

    Pettway has had her fair share of run-ins with the law. She is reported to have used multiple aliases and birthdays while travelling along the East Coast. A larceny charge locked her up in a Connecticut jail as a teen in 1977, she spent three years in probation for forgery and larceny in 1991, and later was busted for pot possession in 1997.  She's on parole until June 2012 for the embezzlement case.