(CNN) - In 1987, an anguished, trembling Joy White pleaded for someone to help her find her infant daughter.
"I hope she's all right," the heartbroken mother told reporters at the time before collapsing in tears.
Now, 23 years later, White is crying tears of joy as the decades-long mystery of her missing daughter reached a happy ending.
The saga started on August 4, 1987, when White took her sick baby, Carlina, to a Harlem hospital because of an extremely high fever, a New York police official said.
Carlina was admitted in the hospital and White went home to rest. When the mother returned, Carlina was gone.
Years passed as White searched for her daughter, all the time holding onto a photograph of a baby girl she had only held for three weeks.
On January 4, White's phone rang.
The woman on the other end of the line said she was Carlina, and she sent White a picture taken in 1987.
American Morning's Alina Cho reports on the amazing story of Carlina White being reunited with her mother after 23 years.