Carlina White: How Kidnapped Victim Cracked Her Own 23-Year Old Case
Carlina White began to draw suspicions about her real identity after connecting the dots to a few curious things about herself: she had no birth certificate, or social security number, and did not see any physical resemblances to any of her family members or relatives.
Seeking answers from her known mother, Ann Pettway, the 23 yr. old was told that she had been given away by a woman who used drugs. Despite Pettways response, White still felt a lingering suspicion that something else wasnt right and set off on a whirlwind search through missing children websites before stumbling upon photos whose images were too similar to her own to be mere coincidence.
White, who was renamed Nejdra Nance by her abductor, discovered that she had been kidnapped by Pettway from a Harlem hospital back in August 4, 1987 at only 19 days old after having been brought in by her biological parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, for a fever.
Pettway had apparently posed as a nurse and took White away from her parents under the pretext of providing White with treatment before fleeing the hospital.
At the time, Pettway had apparently suffered through a series of miscarriages and told authorities that she took White because she feared not being able to have her own child. Pettway offered an apology to Whites biological family.