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(AP) - A North Carolina woman who raised a child kidnapped from a New York hospital two decades ago was taken into custody Sunday on a parole violation charge, the FBI said.
Ann Pettway surrendered Sunday morning to the FBI and Bridgeportpolice on a warrant from North Carolina, FBI supervisory specialagent William Reiner said. She was on probation because of aconviction for attempted embezzlement and wasn't allowed to leavethe state. She was in custody Sunday and couldn't be reached forcomment.
North Carolina officials said Friday that Pettway was believedto be on the run from authorities. Correction officials triedrepeatedly to contact Pettway after finding out investigatorswanted to question her in the 1987 abduction of the infant, who'snow grown and was recently reunited with her long-lost family.
Nobody answered when a reporter on Friday knocked on the door ofa house where Pettway lived in Raleigh, N.C.
The abducted child, Carlina White, had long suspected Pettwaywasn't her biological mother because she could never provide herwith a birth certificate. No suspects were ever identified inWhite's 1987 disappearance from Harlem Hospital in New York. Whiteis now 23 years old and has been living under the name Nejdra Nancein Connecticut.
She recently reunited with her biological family, which believesPettway was the kidnapper.
Her parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, said a woman who lookedlike a nurse had comforted them at the hospital. The girl was just19 days old and had been admitted in the middle of the night with ahigh fever. Her parents left the hospital to rest and found she wasmissing when they came back.
Nance told the New York Post in an interview posted Thursdaythat reuniting with her family was like a dream.
"I'm so happy," she said. "At the same time, it's a funnyfeeling because everything's brand new. It's like being bornagain."
Authorities are considering whether federal investigators shouldtake the case because the statute of limitations may have expiredin New York, New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Brownesaid. There is no limitation in federal missing-children cases.
A woman who lives near Pettway in North Carolina, Sonova Smith,said Pettway mentioned that she had a daughter in Connecticut buthad moved to Raleigh with her son. Smith and Pettway both hadteenage sons who would often play together, and Smith said herneighbor seemed to be a good mother.
"She was friendly. She was kind. She loved her son," Smithsaid. "We talked about our boys often. She talked about family.So, it's just really been surprising."