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Accused kidnapper of newborn wants more time for plea deal

Gloria Williams expected to go on trial in November in Kamiyah Mobley case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman facing a November trial on charges of kidnapping a newborn 19 years ago wants more time to work on a resolution with prosecutors.

Gloria Williams is accused of snatching Kamiyah Mobley from what was then known as University Medical Center. She was arrested in January, ending a mystery that spanned two decades. The 51-year-old woman allegedly raised Kamiyah as her own daughter, named Alexis Manigo, for 18 years.

Investigators used DNA to confirm that Manigo was, in fact, baby Kamiyah, taken from the hospital eight hours after she was born.

Williams has been sitting in the Duval County Jail for 160 days since she was extradited to Florida after being arrested in Walterboro, South Carolina, in January.

Williams is slated to go on trial Nov. 13, although her defense attorney said she and the prosecutor are trying to negotiate a plea agreement.

Williams appeared in good spirits Thursday in court as her attorney asked the judge for more time to work on a plea agreement.

Williams stood silent before judge Steven Whittington for less than a minute as her attorney asked for another pre-trial hearing, this time in September.

Other than a few national television interviews, Manigo has been pretty quiet since her life became a global headline.

Williams is being held without bond in the Duval County Jail. Her final pretrial hearing will be Nov. 7.