JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On the stand at her sentencing hearing, Gloria Williams admitted to kidnapping newborn Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville hospital nearly 20 years ago, naming her Alexis Manigo and raising her as her daughter.
Williams testified Friday, hoping to convince a judge to give her a sentence less than the the 22 years she could face in a plea agreement.
Williams addressed the victim's family in court and offered an emotional apology, saying she knows she can't return the 18 years that were taken from them.
"I know you hate me right now," she said. "... I hope you can find it in your heart to one day forgive me."
Williams said she had no plans to kidnap a baby on July 10, 1998, the day she left Walterboro, South Carolina, and drove south on Interstate 95 to Florida.
While she acknowledged her life was spiraling out of control at the time, fueled by depression and heartbreak over an abusive relationship and a miscarriage, she said the trip was spontaneous.
So what was on her mind? "It was definitely not to take a baby, that's for sure," she said.