Plea deal seems likely in NY baby snatching case

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 7:18 PM
Plea deal seems likely in NY baby snatching case

A prosecutor in a case against a North Carolina woman accused of snatching a newborn from a New York City hospital more than two decades ago says a plea deal may be in the works.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Surratt (suh-RAT') told a judge Thursday both sides were in the midst of "very productive" discussions aimed at a plea deal.

Ann Pettway, of Raleigh, N.C., has pleaded not guilty to a kidnapping charge. She was arrested last January on charges she kidnapped Carlina White from Harlem Hospital in August 1987.

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White is now 24 years old. The FBI has said Pettway took the baby after her own childbearing efforts failed.

Public defender Robert Baum says the talks are in a sensitive stage and should be confidential.