From Black Voices — More than two decades ago, an infant was snatched from her crib in a New York City hospital. Her kidnapper was never found — until now. In August 1987, Carlina White (pictured above and as a baby below) was only 19 days old, burning up with a 103-degree temperature, when she was abducted from Harlem Hospital.
he child’s teen mom, Joy White (pictured above), brought the infant to the hospital and left her in the pediatric ward so she could be seen by a physician. A mysterious-looking woman, who police later discovered had been lingering around the hospital many times before, dressed in a nurse’s uniform consoled the distraught 16-year-old mother.
New York City Police Department chief spokesperson Paul J. Browne told reporters:
“We had a description, back then, of a woman who picked up the baby who acted as if she belonged there, or worked there. Obviously, it has been an open investigation; some leads did not work out and obviously had not resulted in her being found.”
Carlina White, who claimed she was mistreated by her abductor, was raised in Bridgeport, Conn., and given the alias Nejdra Nance.
hite told police that the woman she believed to be her mother was a scam artist who used phony Social Security numbers and IDs. White also went on to say that her abductor was also a drug user who often abused her physically.
As White grew up, she had a nagging feeling that she did not belong and felt like a stranger among her “relatives.”
There was no birth certificate to verify her birth, and the fact that she resembled no one in her “family” kept bringing up unsettling doubts about her familial ties. At age 16, White made the decision to delve further into her background.
She stumbled upon the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’sWebsite, and it was there that she found a photo of an infant that she felt resembled her. Telephone numbers accompanied the photo, and White decided to make the bold move to call her birth mother, Joy.