Kidnapping Case Cracked


August 16, 2012

Kidnapping Case Cracked

Imagine discovering the woman you knew as your mother for 23 years was actually your kidnapper. That’s exactly what happened in the case of Nejdra Nance.


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Mollie Halpern: Imagine discovering the woman you knew as your mother for 23 years was actually your kidnapper. That’s exactly what happened in the case of Nejdra Nance.

I’m Mollie Halpern of the FBI, and this is Gotcha, the Bureau’s closed case of the week.

Annugetta Pettway abducted Nance from Harlem Hospital when she was a sick 19-day-old infant in 1987. Case Agent Maria Johnson…

Maria E. Johnson: She got on a train and went to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she raised the child as her own.

Halpern: Nance told investigators she never felt like she belonged to her family, so in 2011 she searched for missing babies on the website of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, or NCMEC. The FBI worked with NCMEC and multiple law enforcement agencies on this case. DNA confirmed Nance was the abducted baby known as Carlina White. Pettway denied her wrongdoing at first, but later confessed to Special Agent Johnson.

Johnson: Her reasoning was that she wanted to be a mother so badly that she took the risk.

Halpern: Pettway was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison for one count of kidnapping.

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