A 23-year-old woman who was snatched from a New York City hospital as a 3-week-old infant has been reunited with her parents after tracking down baby pictures of herself on a missing children’s website.
Carlina Renae White was not yet a month old when she was kidnapped on Aug. 4, 1987. She had spiked a 104-degree fever and her worried parents took her to Harlem Hospital, where she was admitted.
Joy White, then 16, said a woman dressed as a nurse approached her in the emergency room and told her everything would be fine. Joy went home to rest. When she returned to the hospital, Carlina was gone. Authorities believed the “nurse” who had comforted Joy stole the baby, but they were unable to find any trace of the missing infant.
Meanwhile, a girl known as Nejdra Nance grew up in Bridgeport, Conn. As a teenager, she began to suspect that she wasn’t actually related to the the family who raised her. And she was puzzled that she was never able to get a copy of her birth certificate.
Finally, she began to do some research on the Internet and found the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. On the site, she found a photo of a missing baby named Carlina Renae White.
The center contacted Joy White on Jan. 4 and forwarded her a baby photo taken by the family who raised Nejdra Nance.
“I was screaming, I was so excited,” Joy told the Daily News. “As soon as I saw those pictures I said, ‘That’s my daughter.’ I saw myself in her.”
DNA tests confirmed Nejdra, who now lives in Georgia, is Carlina — the biological daughter of Joy White and Carl Tyson, who was 22 years old when his baby was kidnapped.
The person believed to have abducted Carlina is now being investigated.
Good for them! Hopefully she and her mom can begin the healing process.