Abducted: The Carlina White Story | Starring KeKe Palmer & Sherri Shepherd
Carlina Renae White, also known as Nejdra “Netty” Nance, was abducted as an infant from the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. She grew up and managed to solve her own kidnapping case and was reunited with her biological parents 23 years later. Keke Palmer plays Carlina in the movie. Suspicious that her “mother” wasn’t who she said she was, White began doing research on the website for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and she soon saw herself in their database. She then reached out to the organization, which put her in touch with her birth parents.
In August of 1987, new parents Joy White (Shepherd) and Carl Tyson (Roger Cross) took their 19-day-old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever. Ann Pettway, who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own, posed as a hospital nurse and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view. While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina in Bridgeport, Connecticut–a mere 45 miles from New York City. As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway (Aunjanue Ellis) was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation. Watch below: