Ann Pettway gets 12 years for the 1987 kidnapping of Carlina White

In this May 24, 2010 photo provided by the Wake County (N.C.) Bureau of Identification, Ann Pettway is shown
AP/Wake Cty Bureau of Ident.
May 24, 2010 photo of Ann Pettway
AP/Wake Cty Bureau of Ident.

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Ann Pettway, a woman who kidnapped a newborn from a New York hospital more than two decades ago and raised the child as her own,  has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Pettway, of Raleigh, N.C., was sentenced Monday in Manhattan.

Pettway pleaded guilty in February to kidnapping, saying she took a train from her Connecticut home to Harlem Hospital in 1987. While there, she said, she scooped up Carlina White, a 3-week-old who was brought to the emergency room with a fever.

Carlina's birth mother, Joy White, says Pettway robbed her of 23 years with her child.

The case was solved by Carlina herself, who became increasingly suspicious of her own identity and matched a photograph of herself with one on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.

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