Kidnap is a verb that is defined as:
To take (someone) away illegally by force, typically to obtain a ransom. Synonyms include: abduct, carry off, capture, snatch, take hostage.
Yet most kidnappings involve no ransom and many – such as parental “kidnappings” – involve no force at all. And some illegally, criminally kidnapped children are raised well in every respect, as the child of their abductor:
- Kamiyah Mobley, who was raised as Alexis Manigo, when found and learned the truth of having been abducted from the hospital defended her kidnapper, saying: “She loved me for 18 years. She raised me for 18 years … I will always love her.”
- Carlina Renae White, who was kidnapped in New York, was not recovered for 23 years. She was raised as Nejdra “Netty” Nance by Annugetta “Ann” Pettway in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Like Mobley, White suspected the “mother” raising her might not be, in fact, her biological mother, just as many adoptees who are not outright told they are adopted, do. Neither woman, however, became really suspicious until they needed a birth certificate.
- A man who was kidnapped as a baby in China said: “I never thought she was not my mom as she was so good to me. I don’t really care if they can find my biological parents or not.”
- Julian Hernandez was abducted from his mother when he was five years old. Bobby Hernandez, aka Jonathan Mangina, was charged with interference with custody, not kidnapping. 19-year-old…