Abducted: The Carlina White Story

Synopsis: A baby abducted at birth and raised by the woman who took her, eventually discovers she is a missing child, reconnects with her birth parents, and struggles with choosing between her two identities.
Genre: Mystery
Director(s): Vondie Curtis-Hall
Production: Pilgrim Films & Television
  4 wins & 5 nominations.
86 min

My name is Joy White.

I'm here to see Ann Pettway.

Does she know you're coming?


Park over there, I'll

put you through security.

I was on my way to school

and my water broke.

We almost didn't make it.

What's your name, honey?

Joy. Joy White.

- And, Joy, how old are you?

- She's 16.

And this is your

first pregnancy?


- Name?

- Ann Pettway.

You want to tell me

what happened, Ann?

I started having pains,

so I came here.

- Is this your first pregnancy?

- No!

Is there anybody

you want us to call?

- No. No! No!

- A family member?



- Push, now... come on!

- You're almost there!



and suction, please.

Big push!

- I told you it was a girl.

- But I was sure!

Your mom owes me

a chocolate cake now.

- I always wanted a baby girl.

- Yeah?

Don't nobody love a guy

like his baby girl.

Isn't she beautiful?

She looks just like you.

She's got your eyes.

What are we gonna call her?

I am not naming

her after your mom.

I guess Carl Jr

out of the question.

Who says?

Carlina Renae White.

Daddy's little girl.

We love you.

No! I did everything right.

Everything right!

I didn't drink... I didn't smoke!

- Why did this happen again?

- The blood work shows

some abnormalities

with your hormone levels.

What?! I don't even

know what you sayin'!

It is unlikely that you could

sustain a full-term pregnancy.

Mm. Mm-mm. Mm-mm. I

don't even believe you.

- Stop lying! Stop lying!

- Nurse!

Stop lying...

what you do with my baby?!


You need to calm down.

What'd you do with my baby...

I'll find her myself!

I'll find her myself!

Get some Ativan!

- I want to know where it is!

- Hold her down!

What did you do with my baby?!

This is my grandbaby,

Carlina Renae White.

Oh, precious.

Why she's named after her father

instead of me, I don't know,

but the Lord works

in mysterious ways.

Can we bow our heads?

Heavenly Father,

we'd like to thank you

for bringing this healthy

little girl into our family.

May she always know

how it feels to be loved.

- Amen.

- Amen.

- Amen.

- Amen!

What's that Carlina...

I think she said, "Let's eat!"

Let's eat.

She's gorgeous.

Welcome home, sweetie pie.

How is she?

She hasn't eaten

in days... she just lays there.

We need the bed.

Should we try the psych ward?

Nah, there's no

beds there, either.

Miss Pettway...

Your vitals look good.

We can have you

out of here this afternoon.

How's that sound?

Have you thought

of other alternatives?

You can foster a child,

you can adopt a baby...

My wife and I adopted

just last year.

Nobody's gonna give

me no baby.

# All night #

# All day #

# Angels watching

over me, my Lord #

# All night #

# All day #

# Angels watching over me # #

Are you ready?

To try on shoes?

No, you know... for the baby.

Because you look like

you're about ready to drop.

You're carrying it high...

like it's a girl.

Is this your first?

I had one last year.

You won't sleep,

but you'll love it.

You'll see.

Now how do those feel?


I think they're kinda tight...

can I get a size up?

I'll go check.

Good morning, Doctor.

Her history?

The patient's had

three miscarriages,

and according to

her blood work,

it appears her body is

too weak to have a child.

But, like I told her,

there's a cure for everything

if you're willing to take

matters in your own hands.

Yes, Doctor?

I knew you'd have a solution.

I just took it

again... it's 104!

I'm leaving right now.

No, Carl... tell your

boss you're leaving now.

Meet me at the hospital?

Okay, bye.

# All night, all day #

# Angels watching over me,

my Lord #

# All night, all day #

# Angels watching over me,

my Lord #

Uh, the children's ward...

where is it?

- # All night, all day #

- Thanks.

# Angels watching over me # #

I never should have

took her to the park.

- It was too soon.

- It's not your fault.

No, no... maybe I'm not ready

to take care of a child.

I'm just...

I'm just too tired.

You are a great mother.

It's gonna be fine, right?

Our baby is gonna be fine.

Oh, girl, yeah!

I see this all the time.

Babies bounce back

faster than us.


What's your baby's name?


- Your name Carl, right?

- Yeah.

That's cute... I like that.

Okay, we're giving

her antibiotics now,

and the fever should

break by morning.

Did you want to stay

the night with her?

I may have to get back

to work.

- I'll make a call.

- Okay.


You're gonna be okay.

...on hold, line two... on hold,

line two.


- Hey.

- Hey.

- What's your name?

- It's Joy.

I just want to tell

you I overheard you earlier,

- and you're a good mother, Joy.

- You think so?

- Yeah, girl, I can see it.

- Thank you, Miss...

- You know what else I can see?

- What's that?

- You tired!

- I am.

- The baby keeps me up.

- Oh, she keep you up, right?

The baby keeps me up.

Why don't you go home

and rest for a few hours?

I should stay here.

Girl, don't be

silly... for what?

All you're gonna be doin' is

sittin' round here waitin'.

We got your number... if anything

happen, we'll call you.

I don't want

to leave her here alone.

Joy, the baby don't

cry for you.

You cry for the baby.

I tell you what...

I tell you what.

I'll watch her myself.


Maybe a quick shower, just...

I'll just go home

and pick up a few things.

- I got you, I got it...

- I tell you, I got it.

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