Despite being kidnapped at birth, Kamiyah Mobley still calls her kidnapper,mom.
In her first interview since Gloria Williams, 52, was sentenced on Friday to 18 years in prison, 19-year-old Mobley told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” that she still “loves” Williams, visits her in prison and speaks to her on the phone several times a week.
“We actually talked today,” she said of Williams. “I still do call her ‘Mom.’”She said Williams still treats her like a daughter.
In fact, she lives in Williams’ Walterboro, South Carolina, home and is still getting acquainted with the biological mother and father, who spent years searching for her after Williams snatched her from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital maternity ward in 1998 when she was just a few hours old.
She said she realizes there are people who will never understand why she still has affection for the woman who abducted her. But to those who don’t understand, she simply says, “They’ll be fine.”
She said she’s paid many visits to her biological family in Florida, getting to know her real parents, Shanara Mobley and Craig Aiken, and the siblings she didn’t know she had until Williams was arrested for her kidnapping in 2017.
“I’ve gone to Florida several times … and I call them. We talk almost every day,” Mobley said.
“I like it. It’s new people who act just like you, they look just like you,” she said. “It’s almost just like extended family. You know, that’s really what it feels like.”
She conceded, however, that it’s a balancing act to appease both her families. But since the court proceedings have ended, things have gotten easier.
“It just looked like a dysfunctional family reunion. So I’m glad that we’re done with it cause it’s like this side is over here, this side is over here. This side hates this side. This side doesn’t want to talk to this side. It’s just too much.”
She said that the times she did go to Williams’ court hearings, she usually sat in the back of the courtroom near the center aisle.
“I actually got closure now,” she said. “Everything is done. No more court. No more back and forth.”