Lowcountry woman accused of kidnapping, raising Florida child pleads guilty

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WCBD) – A South Carolina woman accused of taking a baby from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital and raising the child has pleaded guilty in court Monday morning.

Jury selection for a potential trial for Gloria Bolden Williams, 51, was canceled last week.

Authorities say Williams stole a newborn baby from a Jacksonville hospital shortly after she was born on July 10, 1998. She raised the child in Walterboro, South Carolina, under the name of Alexis Manigo.

In a Jacksonville court on February 12, Williams entered a guilty plea on kidnapping and interference charges. Williams team is asking for 0-22 years on the kidnapping charge and 0-5 years on interference charge.

Kamiyah Mobley was not in the courtroom during Monday’s hearing.

Williams been in jail since her January 13, 2017 arrest and faces life in prison if convicted.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on May 3 and 4.Keep checking counton2.com for real-time updates on this story. To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android. You can also sign up for email alerts.

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