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January 20th, 2011
08:27 AM ET

Kidnapped at only 19 days old, a 23-year-old girl reunited with mother

(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.

Filed under: Crime
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. A mommy

    Didn't the report (video, dated 1/20), mention that a DNA test had been done, & it was a match?...In this ugly world, when there is news this beautiful, cherish it, run with it, enjoy it! I hope they find their way to bonding and knowing joyous increase with the return of their Carlina, and her little girl too. Best all around! It is amazing.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:26 am |
  2. Jami

    The doubt can always be taken care of with a DNA test.

    January 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  3. Sarah

    If I were that mother I don't think I would actually believe that it was my daughter, because I would think it was to good to be true. I mean after 23 years eventually you would just give up because there is probably no hope that she will return. It is definetely a miracle!

    January 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  4. Erica

    I am in tears.......praise Jesus that she found her true parents and family. Whom ever did such a horrible act will be punished.

    January 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  5. nevada trust

    it's a miracle, everyone.

    January 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  6. Gabriel Lockett

    I hope enough fact-checking was done on this story because it bears striking resemblance to the story, “The Face on the Milk Carton” by Caroline B. Cooney. Both occurred in Connecticut and the storyline matches the John Singleton film, “Abduction” coming out this year

    January 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm |