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Incredible! Woman Finds Her Family After Being Kidnapped As An Infant

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Wow. Such a crazy, wonderful story.

On Aug. 4, 1987, new parents Joy White and Carl Tyson were struck by tragedy as someone had just kidnapped their 19 day old daughter from Harlem Hospital. The NYPD were unable to come up with any leads and thus, they thought their child was gone forever.

Fast forward to 23 and a half years later, when their daughter, Carlina White, tracked them down after she learned the awful truth for herself! She was alive and well and eager to meet the family she never got the chance to know.

It turns out that Carlina's kidnapper dressed herself as a nurse and snatched Carlina right from. Cassandra Pettway, who may or may not have been the kidnapper, took her to Bridgeport, Conn., and for many years, told the girl nothing. Around her 16th birthday, Cassandra was forced to admit to Carlina that she wasn't her daughter and thus the hunt was on for her to fine her biological parents.

With the help of the internet and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Carlina was given found three possible matches, and then DNA tests confirmed she was indeed the baby abducted in 1987.

But as her mother told sources, the DNA wasn't necessary. "As soon as I saw those pictures, I said, 'That's my daughter,' " Joy said. "I saw myself in her."

When asked about the reunion, Carlina told sources:

"I'm overwhelmed. I'm just happy. It's like a movie; it's all brand new to me."

But we're sure it's going to be great. What an amazing thing to happen after so much time. Inspiring!

[Image via New York Daily News.]

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19 comments to “Incredible! Woman Finds Her Family After Being Kidnapped As An Infant”



  1. 1

    high/low infancy, after everyone finds out her family is being hunted by a dog maybe they'll make a movie out of it



  2. 2

    I hope the nurse who abducted Cassandra is sentenced to death for the hell she put those REAL parents through.



  3. 3

    "It turns out that Carlina's kidnapper dressed herself as a nurse and snatched Carlina right from." Beautifully written sentence.



  4. 4

    nice story



  5. 5

    Omg They finally found her I remember hearing this story. I'm happy for them.



  6. 6

    this gave me goosebumps!! so happy for them!



  7. 7

    God this pathetic piece of "journalism" is so crappily written. Perez is such a fucking tool.



  8. 8

    Holy typos and grammatical errors! Proofread much?



  9. 9

    This is great! But again - you were late with this story Perez. I'm losin faith in you



  10. 10

    Omg, the typos…



  11. 11

    oh man that at least ended in a happy ending



  12. 12

    I had to reread parts of this story three times because it was so poorly written and I couldnt make sense of it. QUALITY please, not so much QUANTITY.



  13. 13

    Writing…you're doing it wrong.



  14. 14

    Wow - that 3rd paragraph makes absolutely no sense. REALLY bad.



  15. 15

    I love you P, but did you proof read this blog post?



  16. 16

    Re: maggiegirl – OMG, me too!! Screw the typos-this story's awesome!!



  17. 17

    nice to hear a story with a wonderful happy ending for once!



  18. 18

    Imagine getting to 23 and finding out you are alive?!?!?!? The worst piece of writing EVER!



  19. 19

    i hope that nurse is put into jail for LIFE!
    putting the parents through that for 23 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thank god they reunited though,
    this story gave me goosebumps!