Update: Carlina White and Mom Struggle to Bond

February 8, 2011  |  

Remember Carlina White?  She was the child, now woman, who was abducted from the hospital and raised by a woman that wasn’t her mother. Carlina, who was renamed Nejdra Nance, reunited with her mother and father a few weeks ago. It seemed like a happy ending, but the story didn’t end there.

Since meeting her parents, Carlina has returned to Atlanta. There are also claims that she’s gone back to using the name Nejdra Nance again. Joy White recently told the Today Show that she felt Carlina’s family was pressuring her.

“It really hurts,” said Joy White, who described herself as “heartbroken, but I do understand that is her family. She was brought up by them. She’s with that family. That’s all she knows. [But] I’m her mother. It hurts not to have my daughter. I want her back.”

Money might be complicating the story. Carlina’s biological parents received a $750,000 settlement after the kidnapping. Her parents put the money aside for Carlina in case she was returned by the time she was 21. When they didn’t find her, Joy used the money to support her and her two other children.

While she hasn’t been back to see her parents, she has asked about the settlement money as well as the $10,000 reward offered for her return.

Meanwhile, Ann Pettway, the woman who raised Carlina, is in a detention center until her trial.

What do you think, is Carlina suffering from an identity crisis or is she a little money hungry?

You can see the video of Joy White on the Today Show below.


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