Friday, January 21, 2011

Kidnapped Carlina White Finds Parents after 23 Years


This is an amazing story from the New York Post, ABC News, and other sources:
Carlina White, separated from her family when she was kidnapped as a baby 23 years ago, followed her instincts to reunite with her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson.
I remember this kidnapping being in the news after it happened in the late 80s. The woman who kidnapped Carlina was disguised as a nurse, and I shivered thinking about the grief of the baby's mother. My own daughter was about six years old then. The kidnapped baby was 19 days old.

According to ABC's story, Carlina always thought something was off between her and the family she grew up with in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It bothered her that the family didn't have a birth certificate, social security card for her, or other paper work and that she didn't look like them. Recently, she decided to look up her birth year on the website for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and spotted a picture of an African-American baby kidnapped in her birth year along side an age-progression image of what the baby would look like now. She thought it looked like her, and so, she called the center and told them "I don't know who I am." DNA testing confirmed her birth mother is Joy White of New York. Her father is Carl Tyson.

She's been reunited with her biological family, which includes her parents, siblings, nieces, and aunts who are praising God and elated to have her home. Carlina also has a child of her own. It was her attempt to get prenatal care and a driver's license that made her aware that the woman who raised her did not have any documentation for her. When confronted, the woman admitted she was not Carlina's biological mother. ... Continued at WritingJunkie.net.

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