A man has been left devastated after he found out the girl he raised for 18 years was kidnapped as a baby. Charles Manigo learned that the girl he raised and believed to be his own daughter for 18 years was really another man's child.
"I named her -- a name I had for a year. Alexis Kelly," Manigo toldABC News.
"She was the love of my life."
Manigo's former girlfriend, Gloria Williams, had allegedly snatched the girl from a maternity ward, and lied when she told him she'd given birth to the baby when he was away. '
Mobley grew up in Walterboro, South Carolina, thinking that Williams was her biological mother, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Friday. He said that she now appears to be a normal 18-year-old woman in good health.
Gloria Williams, 51, is in jail, charged with kidnapping for allegedly taking the newborn from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital on July 10, 1998.
Manigo and Williams raised her from the time she was a newborn, sharing custody after they split up in 2003, and celebrating milestones together, like her prom, he said.
"The person she called dad for 18 years isn't her dad,"One of the hardest things she said on Friday was, 'Dad I love you,' even though she knows what's going on," Manigo said.
"I talk to her every day. The attention is overwhelming to her. She's still processing everything. It's a shock to me, it's a bigger shock to her."
Manigo said that even though he may not be Kamiyah's biological father, he will always be there for her.
"She's still my child," he said. "I understand what's going on, but she's still my child."