Twiggs switched at birth. Attorney: nurse's aide statement proves Kimberly Mays kidnapped at birth

15 Shocking Times Babies Were Switched At Birth

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Their biological son was quickly found after testing the babies who were born on the same ward where Mercedes gave birth. On Wednesday, their lawyer said that the couple will seek custody if genetic testing shows her to be their own. The Twiggs learned that Arlena had the wrong blood type to be their biological daughter at age 9. Since then, the two families have feuded bitterly in court. She now lives in Clearwater and works at a call center to support herself and her children. And they've accused the staff of a rural Florida hospital of giving them the wrong baby shortly after birth, then putting their natural — and healthy — child up for adoption.

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How did Kim Mays and Arlena Twigg get switched at birth?: Part 10 Video

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Knocks on the door when reporters came to question him. If such a child was born at Hardee Memorial, and if her birth was reported to state officials, she should not be hard to identify. I wanted to find out who I was and what my roots were, how they were as a family and a unit. Twigg would get her little girl to breast-feed. The hospital administrator, one doctor and a nurse named in the suit have said they don't recall the case but were shocked by the allegations of baby swapping. But the Twiggs' lawsuit and a doctor who examined the test results says there was no connection. Bias would not comment on the results.

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Attorney: nurse's aide statement proves Kimberly Mays kidnapped at birth

twiggs switched at birth

Kim regained her composure, dabbed at her cheek with a tissue, and went on. As for Kimberly, sometimes it's hard to pull yourself up and feel like you're worth it when adults mess with your head. When Richard Cushworth and Mercedes Casanellas found out that the baby they brought home to Texas from El Salvador was not related to them, they feared that their son had been switched and snatched for sale to child traffickers. Remember that other tragic baby switching case about 10 years ago? There was no way for doctors to have known she was ill at the time of Kimberly's birth, said George Russ, an attorney for Robert and Kimberly Mays. Twigg, a schoolteacher with red hair, high cheek bones and a voice that quavered only when talking about Arlena.

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From the archives: Switched at birth — stories about Kimberly Mays from the pages of the Times

twiggs switched at birth

This lady sitting at this table here is Arlena Twigg and she was born on December 2, 1978, and if you pull out her birth certificate her legal parents are Ernest and Regina Twigg. The Twiggs married in 1966 and quickly built a large family. In the end, lawyer Ellin acknowledges, the girl may turn out not to be the Twiggs' child. Since many cases of babies switched at birth are likely undocumented or unknown, the following is presumably not an exhaustive list. When he promised her that she would not, Mays said, she calmed down. This is exactly what happened to a Japanese man who had been switched at birth.

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Florida Woman Was Switched At Birth With Sick Baby

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Further tests revealed Arlena was not the biological daughter of Ernest and Regina Twigg! Barbara later died of cancer and a second marriage of Robert's ended in divorce. And many of her relationships with family members have dissolved. Repeated hospitalizations, doctors' visits and special medications made for a mound of bills not completely covered by medical insurance. Kimberly said she refused to reach out to her father because he had urged her to have an abortion, something she does not believe in. A psychologist said Sunday night that it will be important to proceed slowly, and to let Kimberly have a strong say in how much contact she has with the Twiggs, who now live in Sebring. He refused to consider the possibility the hospital simply made a mistake.

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Attorney: nurse's aide statement proves Kimberly Mays kidnapped at birth

twiggs switched at birth

Bob Mays said he was concerned about how these allegations will affect Kimberly, who is just getting over the intense publicity from the August parental divorce trial that severed her relationship with the Twiggs. She abused me as a child, as well as my father, Jeremy. The families did not find out until September 2007, when a couple of friends of one of the fathers made fun of him for not being the biological father of the baby. Mays was the subject of a bitter custody battle in the late 1980s and early 1990s between her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg of Sebring, Florida, and Bob Mays, the man who raised her after she was switched at birth. Coker and other relatives: The girl who was their biological daughter and granddaughter lived and died without ever meeting them. So she kept the secret, even in the years after she left the hospital when she was repeatedly deposed by attorneys involved in the civil suits over the mix-up. If Mays is ready for a custody battle, so are the Twiggs.

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Baby Swap: Switched at birth or stolen? Friday on ABC 20/20

twiggs switched at birth

In his appeal, Blakely said he will challenge the judge's denying Ernest Twigg's rights because of his wife's actions. Seven months later, Jessica realized what had happened and told the truth to her cousin. After a few minutes, the child — whom the Twiggs named Arlena after a church friend — was whisked off to the hospital nursery. One was in use, so the girls had to share one. Now that the test results are in, the families will consult with psychologists to see whether, and when, such visitation would be good for Kimberly.

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