HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state’s new child welfare commissioner says the girl who was snatched as an infant from a New York hospital told Connecticut officials that she believed her birth mother was an addict who had given her up.

Carlina White, who was raised in Connecticut as Nejdra Nance, told the Department of Children and Families at the age of 16 that the woman who was raising her, Ann Pettway, informed her that a drug-addicted mother had given her to Pettway in 1987.

Pettway has been charged with kidnapping White, now 23.

Commissioner Joette Katz said Tuesday that no one thought then that White had been kidnapped. She says the agency fowarded information about the case and questions about the identity of the girl’s biological parents to the FBI and local police. The FBI did not immediately respond.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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