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Ann Pettway Gets Twelve Years for Baby-Stealing

A child named Carlina White was taken from a Harlem hospital when she was just 19 days old and raised for more than two decades by her kidnapper as Nejdra "Netty" Nance. Today, Nance's not-mom Ann Pettway was sentenced to twelve years in prison for the bizarre crime despite prosecutors request for a twenty-year sentence. "It should have been longer," said Nance's biological father, while her birth mother was more resigned. "It's not going to make up for the time she was gone," said Joy White, "so it doesn't matter how much they give her."

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Photo: Courtesy of Wake County Bureau