Conn. Agency Heard Girl's Birth Mother Was Addict

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's new child welfare commissioner says a girl snatched as an infant from a New York City hospital told state officials she believed her birth mother had given her up.

Carlina White was raised in Bridgeport, Conn., as Nejdra Nance. She told the Department of Children and Families when she was 16 the woman who was raising her, Ann Pettway, informed her a drug-addicted mother had given her to Pettway as a baby in 1987.

Commissioner Joette Katz said Tuesday no one thought then White had been kidnapped. She says the agency forwarded information about the case to law enforcement authorities.

White now is 23 and recently reunited with her biological family.

Pettway has lived in Raleigh, N.C. She recently was charged with kidnapping the baby. The FBI says she confessed. Her lawyer says she feels bad.