The 18-year-old teen who was abducted from a Florida hospital when she was just hours old, said that she does not want to see the women who took her at birth locked up.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Alexis Manigo talked about Gloria Williams, the woman who is accused of kidnapping her, and who she refers to as “mom.”
“I understand what she did was wrong, but just don’t lock her up and throw away the key,” said Manigo.
“She loved me for 18 years, she cared about me for 18 years. I just want people to realize that. She made one mistake, but I was loved. From that one mistake I was given the best life.”
Manigo, who was born Kamiyah Mobley, was taken from University Medical Center in Jacksonville, by a woman posing as a nurse.
While a massive search ensued, the infant was never found.
During an interview with People, Manigo’s “half-sister,” Arika Williams, told of how Manigo learned of her abduction when attempting to apply for a job two years ago.
She explained that when Manigo got a job at local seafood restaurant, she ran into problems when she was unable to provide a birth certificate and social security card to the employer.
“Lexy didn’t have that so she asked Miss Gloria for it and Miss Gloria kept brushing it off,” said 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.”
“She was upset about it. She even stayed home from school the next day,” said Arika.
A tip received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, led authorities to Manigo, where they immediately arrested Williams.
“I had everything I ever needed, wanted, I had love especially. There is no price you can put on the love that was given to me,” said Manigo.
Manigo went on to discuss her meeting with her biological parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley, last week.
“I feel like I do owe them that, to give them a chance, get to know them. When you find out you got another family out there, it’s just more love.”
Manigo went on to say, “For some it’s a victory, but at the same time you do take a loss when someone so dear to you is just snatched like that.”
The teen talked about her struggle with the woman she loves facing kidnapping charges and critics who wonder how she can defend Williams after the massive betrayal.
“They want me to hate her, and it’s not in me to,” said Manigo. “I will always love her. I still think of her as mom, she will always be “Mom.”
The man who thought he was her father all these years has also spoken out in a recent interview:
H/T: Daily Mail
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