21 Jan 2011

Woman solved mystery of her own abduction

12:12 pm on 21 January 2011

A high-profile New York baby-snatching case has ended with the woman reunited with her mother after solving the mystery of her abduction herself.

The BBC reports Carlina White was abducted from a hospital in Harlem in August 1987, when she was 19 days old.

Raised as Nejdra Nance in Connecticut, Ms White, 23, always had a sense she did not belong to her family, police said, and began her own inquiries.

DNA tests this week confirmed Carlina as the daughter of Joy White.

Police are now investigating the woman who raised her.

Carlina was abducted from hospital on 4 August 1987 after being taken there with a fever by her mother, Joy White, who returned to the emergency room two hours later to find Carlina's cot empty.

There were reports of a woman wearing nurse's clothing who had consoled the mother but who later picked up the baby and walked out of the building.

The case then went cold.

Nejdra Nance was then raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and later moved to Atlanta in Georgia.


The BBC reports Carlina had long held suspicions as she did not resemble any of her family and suspected the woman who raised her used fake social security ID.

After starting her own investigations, Carlina finally contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and discovered a photo of a baby on its website she believed to be her.

The centre helped Ms White, who called her biological mother on 4 January.

The New York Police Department took over the investigation, arranging for DNA tests that on Tuesday proved Ms White was the daughter of Joy White and Carl Tyson, who are now separated.

Carlina held her first reunion with her mother last Friday and returned again to New York from Georgia on Wednesday.

"I'm overwhelmed. I'm just happy. It's like a movie; it's all brand new to me," she told the New York Daily News.