Woman pleads guilty in 1987 hospital kidnapping case

February 10, 2012 11:40:42 AM PST
A woman who snatched a baby from a New York City hospital in 1987, then raised the child as her own daughter, has pleaded guilty to kidnapping.

Ann Pettway of Raleigh, N.C., entered the guilty plea Friday at a federal courthouse in Manhattan. As part of her plea bargain, prosecutors agreed to recommend between 10 and 12 ½ years in prison for the 51-year-old.

Pettway grabbed little Carlina White from Harlem Hospital while masquerading as a worker. She then raised Carlina in Connecticut, posing as her mother for 23 years.

The birth mother, Joy White, wept during Friday's court session. She says she's outraged over the plea bargain and thinks Pettway should spend at least two decades behind bars.

The judge set a May sentencing date.

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