The teen girl abducted as an infant from a Florida hospital 18 years ago was reunited with her biological parents on Friday, and the father describes the occasion as “beautiful.”
CBS reports that Mobley had a private reunion with her family inside the Walterboro Police Department in South Carolina. She’d been living in Walterboro for a number of years with Gloria Williams, the woman accused of abducting Mobley and raising her as her own child. Craig Aiken, the teen’s biological father, was at a loss for the right words to describe how he was feeling about meeting his daughter for the first time since her birth, but he indicated that the reunion was successful.
“First meeting was beautiful, it was wonderful, couldn’t went no better… she was glad to meet us….It’s a feeling that you can’t explain it, it’s hard to put it in words right now it’s hard to deal with this here right now. We are just trying to process it, 18 years, it’s going to be hard to make that up.”
Mobley’s biological mother also reunited with her daughter at the police station, and although she declined to comment, Aiken indicated that the reunion between mom and daughter was successful.
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So far, it’s unclear what the next steps are for Mobley. Aiken said that she’s welcome to visit his home in Jacksonville, Florida, anytime she wants, but he leaves that decision up to her. He also sent out a special message to anyone who has a missing child: never give up.
“For anybody that lost hope just keep hope alive, just keep praying, keep fighting, if it happened to me, it can happen to anybody.”
Mobley was found in Walterboro after someone submitting a tip to law enforcement. After a lengthy investigation, DNA analysis matched the teen as the infant stolen from her mother’s hospital room in 1998. Earlier this week, Mobley wrote that her “mom,” Williams, was “no felon,” and had raised her with everything she needed.
Regardless, Williams is facing felony kidnapping charges. With no statute of limitations on the case, she could face life in prison if convicted.
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