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Suspect in '87 baby snatching held w/o bail

In this May 24, 2010 file photo provided by the Wake County (N.C.) Bureau of Identification, Ann Pettway is shown. (Wake County (N.C.) Bureau of Identification)

January 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman accused of snatching a baby from a New York hospital in 1987 has been held without bail on kidnapping chargesAnn Pettway of North Carolina didn't say a word during her five-minute appearance in federal court on Monday in Manhattan.

According to the FBI, Pettway, 49, confessed to taking a newborn girl in 1987 from Harlem Hospital. She raised the girl as her own.

Pettway last lived in Raleigh, N.C. She surrendered to Connecticut authorities on Sunday, just days after a widely publicized reunion between the child she raised and her biological mother.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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