Police: Woman kidnapped as newborn 18 years ago is alive

Published: Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 4:23 PM

Missing newborn found 18 years later

Thanks to DNA analysis, the young woman now knows her birth name: Kamiyah Mobley.Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Friday at a news conference that she's is in good health, but understandably overwhelmed.

Police arrested Gloria Williams, 51, of Walterboro, South Carolina, at the home where Mobley was raised, and charged her with kidnapping and interference with custody.In Jacksonville, the young woman's birth family cried "tears of joy" after a detective told them their baby had been found. Within hours Friday, they were able to reconnect by video chat.

"She looks just like her daddy," her paternal grandmother, Velma Aiken of Jacksonville, told The Associated Press after they were able to see each other for the first time, on FaceTime. "She act like she been talking to us all the time. She told us she'd be here soon to see us.

FILE: Baby taken from Florida hospital in 1998

"Mobley was only eight hours old when she was taken from her young mother by a woman posing as a nurse at University Medical Center in 1998. A massive search ensued, with helicopters circling the hospital and the city on high alert, and thousands of tips came in over the years, but authorities apparently had no clue where she was.

All that time, police said, she was being raised under a different name in Walterboro. Then, some months ago, the young woman "had an inclination" that she may have been kidnapped, the sheriff said.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reached out to the cold case detectives at the sheriff's office, and Mobley provided a swab of her cheek for DNA analysis that proved the match, the sheriff said.Even after all this time, the family never forgot the little girl ripped from her mother's arms that day.Her mother, Shanara Mobley, told the Florida Times-Union newspaper on the 10th Anniversary of the kidnapping that on every one of Kamiyah's birthdays, she wrapped a piece of birthday cake in foil, and stuck it in her freezer.

"It's stressful to wake up every day, knowing that your child is out there and you have no way to reach her or talk to her," Mobley told the paper in 2008.The sheriff said Kamiyah is being provided with counseling.

"She's taking it as well as you can imagine. She has a lot to process," the sheriff said. "I can't even begin to comprehend it."As the young woman and her rediscovered family work toward a new relationship, Aiken said she's thrilled that they'll now be able to speak with each other as much as they want.

"I always prayed, 'Don't let me die before I see my grand baby'," said Aiken. "My prayer was answered."

Bullied boy's confessional video resonating across the globe

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 6:47 PM

How to Talk to Kids About Bullying

Holding back tears, a Tennessee boy asked a simple question. 

"Just out of curiosity -- why do they bully? What's the point of it," said Keaton Jones. 

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Keaton's confessional video about bullying has been watched more than 17 million times. His mother posted it on Facebook after Keaton asked to make a video about bullying. She was picking him up early because he was afraid to go to lunch. 

"They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends," he said. 

He said that the bullies poured milk on him during lunch. 

At the end of the video, which is not even 90 seconds, Keaton shared a message that has been resonating with people around the world. 

"People that are different don't need to be criticized about it, It's not their fault," he said. "If you are made fun, don't let it bother you. They suck."

Tears were streaming down the 11-year-old's face. 

The video was shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook. It's all over Twitter. People are demanding change and celebrities are tweeting in support of the middle school student, including members of the Tennessee football team. 

Along with messages of support, the video has also resulted in memes, shared to Keaton's mom's Facebook page.

The family said they have been overwhelmed with the response, and his sister said on Twitter that the messages have brought joy to Keaton.

Members of the Tennessee football team are working to organize a meeting at his school to stop the bullying and raise Keaton's spirits. 

Even with all the attention, Keaton's mom said there's still a lot of work to be done. 

"I'm humbled by the voice my boy has been given, but he's still just a little boy, and he's a little boy who desperately wants acceptance, that I have to try to find a way to navigate him through the difference in true acceptance and attention," Kimberly wrote on Facebook. 

Morning commute to include slick spots; lake-enhanced snow possible Tuesday

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:48 AM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:38 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a detailed look at our next chance for snow.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Dry morning commute
  • Lake enhanced snow showers possible tonight
  • Staying cold all week

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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DETAILED FORECAST

Today: It looks to be quiet and dry for the morning commute, although a few lingering slick spots from the weekend can’t be ruled out, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. It will be cool with temperatures in the 20s this morning before highs climb to the upper 30s with scattered clouds. A passing shower can’t be ruled out late afternoon. The best chance for snow showers arrives tonight with a quick moving system. Scattered light snow showers move in overnight. Gusty overnight winds will reach 25-35 mph. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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Tuesday: We’ll see some lake enhanced snow showers off of Lake Michigan for the first part of Tuesday with some bands setting up over the Miami Valley. This could create a very isolated line of snow showers that doesn’t accumulate much — less than one inch — but is partnered with gusty winds. Winds could gust Tuesday near 35-40 mph, creating poor visibility where the snow band develops. Drivers should use caution Tuesday on the roads. highs will be in the low 30s in the morning and fall during the day. Wind chill values will be in the teens. Temperatures will drop to the low 20s by the end of the afternoon. Snow showers will taper off Tuesday night. It will be cold in the teens.

Communities Tuesday that get caught in the lake enhanced snow bands could see 2" or more with northeast of Dayton favored at the moment. These bands will be very isolated in nature

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)
(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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Wednesday: Wind chills will be in the single digits in the morning. It will be much cooler in the afternoon with highs in the upper 20s. Clouds will be broken and scattered snow showers return at night.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

Thursday: Temperatures will be in the teens with broken clouds. A few flurries can’t be ruled out.

Friday: Highs will be in the low 30s with passing light snow showers.

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Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:36 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at our chance to see the Geminid meteor shower.

Despite the cold, the Geminid meteor shower in mid December is one of the best.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

This year, the Miami Valley won't have cooperating skies BUT the meteors can be visible before and after the peak so keep an eye out for activity. Wednesday night into Thursday morning is when the shower is expected to produce the most meteors. One meteor per hour is possible when sky conditions are good. The moon is in a waning crescent phase so it is thin and won't be visible until the very early morning hours.

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If you want to try your luck this week and hope clouds will be broken enough, dress warmly and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. Best time to view is between midnight and 4AM. 

If you want to watch the show without any clouds....check out the LIVE stream from NASA. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc

Haunting video of starving polar bear goes viral, breaks hearts

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:39 AM

Heartbreaking Video of Starving Polar Bear Goes Viral

heartbreaking video of a skeletal polar bear scavenging for food in a desolate landscape is going viral online. The clip of the bear, which was released by the National Geographic channel, is gut-wrenching.

>> See the clip here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

Photographer Paul Nicklen, who has been with National Geographic for 17 years, says recording the video was even more heartbreaking. He’s spent his life filming bears and estimates that he’s come across about 3,000 of them, but the animal in his latest video was unlike the rest. In an article about the clip, Nicklen recalled, “We stood there crying — filming with tears rolling down our cheeks.”

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Nicklen says he’s often asked why he didn’t do something, but he explains, “Of course, that crossed my mind. But it’s not like I walk around with a tranquilizer gun or 400 pounds of seal meat.” He added, “When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death. This is what a starving bear looks like.”

The internet has definitely felt the gut-punch of the video, which sparked an outcry. Actor Kumail Nanjiani offered one off-hand solution to the problem:

Unfortunately, animals seem to have a very bleak future in front of them. The No. 1 threat to the world’s 22,000 polar bears is climate change, according to a World Wildlife Foundation report. The bears spend the winter months on the ice, where they do a lot of laying around and a whole lot of eating seals; they fast during the summer. But as the winter months have become warmer, it takes longer for the ice to reappear each season, meaning that the animals have less time to eat, and they have to fast for a longer stretch of time. In short, no ice means no seals, which could soon mean no polar bears.

Buzzfeed News also uploaded a video of the tear-jerking scene that has made the rounds online.

Government agencies monitoring about climate change are also warning that we could possibly lose polar bears as early as 2050, per a Washington Post report.