- Alexis Manigo, 18, gave her first interview since it was revealed that she had been abducted from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital hours after she was born
- The teenager said that she does not want to see Gloria Williams, the woman who raised her for the past 18 years, sent to prison
- ‘She made one mistake, but I was loved. From that one mistake I was given the best life,’ said Manigo
- Manigo met with her birth parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley, for the first time last week
- She will not reveal when she learned that she had been kidnapped for fear of incriminating Williams
- Arika Williams, a friend and ‘half-sister’ to Manigo, said in an interview on Wednesday that the teenager learned the truth two years ago
The South Carolina teenager who was snatched from a Florida hospital when she was just a newborn broke her silence on Wednesday morning, saying that she does not want to see the woman who allegedly abducted her sent to prison.
‘I understand what she did was wrong, but just don’t lock her up and throw away the key,’ said Alexis Manigo, who appeared remarkably poised in a sit-down with ABC News.
She was referring to Gloria Williams, the woman she believed to be her mother for the past 18 years who is now accused of kidnapping her just hours after she was born.
‘She loved me for 18 years, she cared about me for 18 years. I just want people to realize that.’
Manigo then added: ‘She made one mistake, but I was loved. From that one mistake I was given the best life.
‘I had everything I ever needed, wanted, I had love especially. There is no price you can put on the love that was given to me.’
Later in the interview she said of Williams: ‘I still think of her as mom, she will always be “Mom.”‘
Difficult times: Alexis Manigo (above) gave her first interview since it was revealed that she had been abducted from a Jacksonville, Florida hospital hours after she was born