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NY baby snatcher indicted on federal charges

NEW YORK (CNN) - A woman suspected of snatching an infant from a New York hospital in 1987 has been indicted on federal kidnapping charges, according to court papers released Thursday.

Ann Pettway was charged with one count of kidnapping in the abduction of Carlina Renae White, now 23, who was reunited with her biological mother in January.

According to court documents filed in the case last month, Pettway admitted to taking the girl from a Harlem hospital after suffering several miscarriages.

The grand jury said Pettway "willfully and knowingly" seized the baby, according to a copy of the indictment from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Pettway turned herself in last month at the FBI office in Bridgeport, CT, FBI spokesman William Reiner said. She faces up to 20 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

White tracked down her birth family in early January, saying she had a nagging feeling all her life that she was brought up by a family to which she didn't belong.

Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said White's suspicions grew after the woman who raised her could not produce a birth certificate for her.

White's mother, Joy White, told the New York Post last month that she last saw her daughter when she was 19 days old.

Her mother took White to a Harlem hospital on Aug. 4, 1987, because of a high fever, a New York Police official said. White was admitted to the hospital, and her mother went home to rest. On her return, White was missing.

"That was a big part of my heart that was just ripped apart," White said.

Pettway is scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 24.

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