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First Look At Aunjanue Ellis As Baby-Snatcher Ann Pettway In 'Abducted: The Carlina White Story'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 1, 2012 7:09 PM
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With the production of the all-black cast remake of Steel Magnolias all wrapped up (the first trailer debuted earlier this month), shooting has also concluded on another upcoming all-black cast Lifetime TV movie tiled Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which stars Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer, and Sherri Shepherd in the true story of Carlina White (played by Palmer), who, after being abducted as an infant from a New York hospital, solved her own kidnapping and reunited with her biological parents 23 years later.

Vondie Curtis Hall is director of the movie slated to air later this year.

The case is reported to be the first known infant abduction from a New York hospital. Here's more:

In August of 1987, new parents Joy White (Shepherd) and Carl Tyson (Roger Cross, 24) took their 19-day old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever. Ann Pettway (Ellis), who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own, posed as a hospital nurse and befriended Carlina’s parents, even offering to watch over their daughter. But shortly after Carlina was admitted, Pettway removed the child’s IV line, placed her in an oversized handbag, and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view. While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina as Nejdra “Netty” Nance in Bridgeport, Connecticut – a mere 45 miles from New York City. As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation. After contacting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Carlina was reunited with her biological parents in January 2011.

Riveting story isn't it? What's that saying about reality being stranger than fiction... the material just writes itself.

As noted, Aunjanue Ellis plays Ann Pettway (the real Ann Pettway is in the photo above). Here's your first official look at Ellis as Pettway, as she takes what doesn't belong to and didn't come from her:

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  • lisa | October 10, 2012 4:03 PMReply

    The story of carlina,was a bit puzzeling.I could'nt get over the fact,that she had been abducted,by this woman,good to her or not,she kidnapped you.Why are'nt you mad as hell,at her.I hope that she's getting to know them,cause its not like they did't love you,or gave up hope.They deserve more then that.

  • Donella | August 3, 2012 12:13 PMReply

    I love Anjanue Ellis's work ever since that way back independent movie about the 4 NYC girls. Now she's portraying a very unpopular woman, but I know she'll do it well.

  • ChgoSista | August 3, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    So--might this be Ms. Ellis' "Monster?" :-)

  • BluTopaz | August 2, 2012 10:15 AMReply

    lmao at these comments!! Carlina is a pretty young lady, she said in one interview one reason why she always suspected something was foul was because she does not look anything like Pettway. Glad to see Aunjanue too, she's talented.

  • sandra | August 2, 2012 9:38 AMReply

    I thought the lady in the picture was internet sensation GLOZELLE! LOL

  • the black police | August 2, 2012 3:34 AMReply

    Why would you use the real Ann's mugshot as the main pic tho?

  • the black police | August 2, 2012 5:11 AM

    You sure told me! Here's a cookie.

  • Carl | August 2, 2012 3:57 AM

    Clearly because they felt like it and because your ass isn't in charge of this blog.

  • ALM | August 1, 2012 10:05 PMReply

    Ann Petty's mugshot.... Jesus! O__O

  • THE BLACK POLICE | August 2, 2012 6:49 AM

    At least she has good hair.

  • Kenneth | August 2, 2012 6:16 AM

    Jesus Christ on a bike! Maybe she did it because she feared her own child would come out looking like herself.

  • lauren | August 2, 2012 12:52 AM

    That's one Scary looking biatch!

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