There are many questions still to be answered about Kamiyah Mobley, who has been living for 18 years as Alexis Manigo. The story, which has made headlines around the world, is that Mobley/Manigo’s ‘mother’ Gloria Williams, abducted her from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital as a newborn and raised her in South Carolina.
Mobley/Manigo has yet to make any public statement about the series of events but others, including the father who raised her, her biological father, her biological grandmother and now a friend, have spoken for her.
People.com reports that one of Mobley/Manigo’s friends says that she found out she was not Williams’ biological daughter two years ago when she went to get a job.
She was upset about it,” Arika Williams, who long believed she was Mobley’s half-sister, tells PEOPLE. “She even stayed home from school the next day.”
Mobley was only hours old on July 10, 1998, when authorities allege Gloria Williams posed as a health care worker and took her from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital maternity ward. According to local reports, Mobley was briefly handed to Williams because her family believed she was a nurse, while hospital staff believed Williams was a relative.
Arika says Williams broke down and told Mobley the truth after the teen was hired at a local restaurant and was asked to provide a birth certificate and social security information.
“Lexy didn’t have that so she asked Miss Gloria for it and Miss Gloria kept brushing it off,” says Arika. “Lexy kept being hard on her mother, like ‘Momma, where is my stuff? I want to get this job.’ Then Miss Gloria just broke down and told her this is why right here, you can’t do this. I kidnapped you.”
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams tells PEOPLE investigators are still trying to put the pieces together.
“We don’t know exactly what she knew,” he says about Mobley. “We know that obviously there was conversation about her maybe not being her daughter. Did she confess completely to her, or did she just give her pieces of it? We are not quite sure at this point.”
According to Arika, Gloria Williams allegedly told her daughter she had been pregnant but suffered a miscarriage.
L: composite image of Kamiyah Mobley R: Suspect Gloria Williams.
“Gloria was pregnant at the baby shower and had people there bringing homemade quilts saying Alexis’ name on it,” Arika says. “Alexis Kelli Manigo was going to be spoiled regardless but I guess she said she lost Alexis Kelli Manigo. She was going to find Alexis Kelli Manigo and went and got Kamiyah.”
Sheriff Williams says investigators haven’t yet determined what prompted the alleged kidnapping. “We are still working on that,” he says. “We don’t know the answer to that as to why she did it and we don’t know if she told her. We don’t know how much conversation they had: whether it was over one day or whether it was over multiple days or weeks. We are not sure about that as of yet.”
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