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Samani White Life Story, Tragic Incidents, & More

Samani White is the daughter of a well-known American woman named, Carlina White, who is known for solving her own kidnapping case. Read ahead to find out about her life story, mother’s kidnapping and more.

Early Life

Samani White is the daughter of Carlina White. Samani came into this world in 2005, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She is 18 years old as of 2024. It is because of Samani that her mother inquired about her birth certificate, and it ultimately resulted in the revelation of her kidnapping story. There is nothing more known about Samani’s early childhood.

Who Is Samani’s Mother?

Samani is the daughter of a renowned American woman, Carlina White. We must have heard about the story of an infant who was kidnapped from a hospital and reunited with her biological parents after 23 years. Carlina White is that person. She was born on July 15, 1987, in New York City, USA. She was born to Joy White and Carl Tyson. During her delivery, she had swallowed fluid and had an infection. Her parents had to rush her to the hospital with a fever of 104 °F on August 4, 1987. She was 19 days old then. A woman disguised as a nurse had comforted the parents at the hospital.

The baby disappeared from the hospital in the early morning at around 2 a.m. They could not find any trace of the woman who abducted her. The CCTV was also not working at that time. It was the first known case of infant abduction from a New York hospital.

Who Kidnapped Carlina?

Samani’s mother, Carlina, was kidnapped by a woman named Annugetta Pettway. Annugetta Pettway did not have any children and after multiple miscarriages she thought that she would ever be able to be a parent. In this urge to become a parent, she decided to abduct a child. Carlina White was raised as Nejdra “Netty” Nance by her kidnapper. She first thought that Annugetta was her mother. But she always doubted why she did not share any physical traits with Pettway.

In 2005, she was pregnant with her daughter, Samani, and she requested Pettway for the birth certificate, so she could obtain health insurance. But Pettway gave her a duplicate birth certificate. After learning the truth, Carlina confronted Pettway, and she finally confessed that she was not her biological mother. She had kidnapped her from the hospital. In 2011, she found the photo of the infant who was kidnapped in 1987 on the website of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. She matched her childhood photo as Nejdra with that child, and she found out the truth. She contacted her birth family through the center’s hotline. In January 2011, DNA profiling confirmed that she was the missing Carlina White.

What Happened To Pettway?

After investigating, finally on July 30, 2012, Judge P. Kevin Castel sentenced Pettway to 12 years in prison, who was then 50 years old. She served her sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution, Aliceville in Alabama until April 14, 2021.


Samani White is famous as the daughter of Carlina White. She turned out to be lucky for her mother, who discovered her own kidnapper. Both mother and daughter stood strong despite facing such a tragic incident.