A woman who kidnapped a 19-day-old girl from a Harlem Hospital was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday, marking the final installment of a more than 20-year saga that is among the longest non-parental abductions in which a missing child was finally reunited with family. In February, Ann Pettway pled guilty to kidnapping Carlina White in 1987 when White's parents brought her into a hospital to be treated for a fever. Standing in front of White's tearful parents Carl Tyson and Joy White during sentencing at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Pettway asked for forgiveness, which, um, wasn't exactly forthcoming. "I would like to apologize to the family," said Pettway. "I am deeply sorry for what I've done...but I'm here today to right my wrong."
According to court documents, Pettway had taken the train from her home in Connecticut to Harlem Hospital. The report casually mentions that Pettway was dressed as a nurse, which sounds like something out of an especially terrifying abduction movie, and that, when she spotted White, she just...took her. White then spent the next 16 years of her life being raised as Nejdra Nance, that is until she grew suspicious when Pettway couldn't produce any of those official papers (birth certificate, Social Security card) that really help teenagers get driver's licenses and apply for jobs. In 2011, White, now 25 and living with a child of her own in Atlanta, tracked down her biological parents with help from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.