Carolyn Correa's Sentencing Day
September 23, 2005 -- A woman who kidnapped an infant during a fire at the child's Philadelphia home, then raised the girl as her own for years, is to serve at least nine years in prison.
Carolyn Correa of Willingboro, New Jersey, had already pleaded no-contest to kidnapping and other charges. She was sentenced today to nine to 30 years.
Authorities said Correa stole ten-day-old Delimar Vera in December 1997. At the time, city officials concluded that the baby died and that the body was consumed by the fire.
The child was reunited with her parents in March 2004 after the mother saw a girl she believed to be her child at a birthday party. A D-N-A test proved her to be correct.
Medical experts who testified before sentencing disagree on whether Correa suffered from mental illness during the kidnapping and the six years that she raised the girl.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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