Teen kidnapped as a baby asks for leniency for abductor mom

Gloria Williams, 52, charged with kidnapping (Photo source: Jacksonville Police Department)

Back in 2017, we learned about the story of Kamiyah Mobley,19, who was kidnapped from the hospital when she was born. At the time of the kidnapping, the video footage at the hospital was of low quality and there were no photos of Mobley to reference. Within the first year, the kidnapping received national attention, the story was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” and a reward reached up to a quarter of a million dollars. The case went cold after the police investigated over 2K leads. Mobley had been raised under a false identity for 18 years.

The woman who kidnapped her, Gloria Williams, 52, is now preparing to stand trial for her crime those many years ago and she has a startling defender, her victim, Kamiyah Mobley. According to the Daily Mail, Mobley stated: “Don’t get me wrong, I do feel like it was wrong. But we talked about it and I can understand at the time what was going on. I sympathize with her, I’m not mad at her — of course, I forgive her … I am certain that she’s going to get time but I’m hoping not very, very long. I think they should be lenient. It’s not like she took me and tortured me my whole life. She took care of me very well.”

Mobley has been reunited with her birth parents and even found out she has siblings. But for many, her act of forgiveness has the earmarks of Stockholm Syndrome. This is defined as feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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