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Stolen As Baby In 1987, Woman Reunited With Family

Carlina White, center, and her birth parents.
Carlina White, center, and her birth parents.
The Today Show

Carlina White grew up as Nejdra Nance. Those who have been through similar circumstances say it can be hard to cope with the news that you were separated from your family as an infant.

One of the more remarkable stories of the morning is the news that a woman who was apparently stolen from a New York City hospital as a baby in 1987 has been reunited with her birth mother.

Carlina White, now 23 and living in Atlanta after growing up in Bridgeport, Conn., as "Nejdra Nance," did some of the detective work herself, the Associated Press says. According to her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth White, Carlina/Nejdra "just had a feeling, she felt different from the people raising her" and found photos of a baby that looked like her on a website about missing children. That led her to her biological mom, Joy White, and subsequent DNA tests have proved the connection.

Much remains to be reported about this case -- including how the baby ended up where she was.

NBC-TV's The Today Show aired this report on the case:

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Meanwhile, in this morning's New York Daily News, "a father whose abducted son was missing for decades before he resurfaced" cautions that the White family could have a "tough road" ahead because it can be hard for someone who's been raised in another family to cope with such news.

Anthony Russini of Seaford, N.Y., tells the Daily News that "it's really up to the child to establish contact. It's very difficult, because they already have what they consider a family." The now 30-year-old man who was taken from Russini as an infant "has limited contact with his birth parents," the newspaper says. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit