This is one of those stories where the headline really says it all. Or a lot of it, anyway. It’s from the New York Times and the headline is “Woman Abducted as Infant in 1987 Meets Her Family.”
Carlina White’s parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, brought her to Harlem Hospital in August, 1987 because she had a fever. Two hours later someone carried her out of the hospital. She was 19 days old. Though the police investigated the kidnapping, it was never solved. No one knew where the baby ended up.
Carlina was raised by a woman who, according to the paper, “treated her poorly.” (There’s no information about how she ended up in this woman’s custody, nor is there a suggestion that the woman is connected with her original disappearance.)
She didn’t feel she belonged in the family where she was being raised. As she got older, her suspicions grew. Sometime after her 16th birthday she started to investigate and eventually she actually located and called her mother. The police took DNA swabs from Carlina and Joy White as well as Carl Tyson. It all matched up. So at the age of 23 she was reunited with her parents.
It’s a pretty amazing story. I realize that many will see this as proof that DNA is all important, of course. Even though I’m not prepared to say this, I’ll concede this is an amazing tale. And for the moment, I’ll just leave it there.