Alexis, named Kamiyah by her biological mother, was raised by Williams after being snatched at birth
The 18-year-old was raised as Alexis Manigo in South Carolina, USA, after Gloria Williams snatched her from a Florida hospital when she was eight-hours-old.
Although Alexis found out two years ago that Williams had kidnapped her, authorities only unravelled the mystery last weekend.
The teenager, real name Kamiyah Mobley, said she wanted the 51-year-old to be forgiven for her “mistake”.
They want me to hate her and it’s not in me to. I will always love her.
Alexis Manigo/Kamiyah Mobley
Speaking on US TV, she said: “I understand what she did was wrong – just don’t lock her up and throw away the key.
“She loved me for 18 years, she cared about me for 18 years. I just want people to realise that. She made one mistake but I was loved.
“From that one mistake I was given the best life. I had everything I ever needed, wanted, I had love especially.
Alexis met her real parents (pictured) after 18 years of separation
“There is no price you can put on the love given to me. I still think of her as Mom, she will always be Mom.
“They want me to hate her and it’s not in me to. I will always love her.”
Williams posed as a health worker and stole Alexis from University Medical Center, in Jacksonville.
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Madeline McCann went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve 9 years ago.
Police tracked her down after receiving a mysterious tip-off from an anonymous caller.
After the connection was made she was reunited with her biological parents Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley.
Alexis said: “When you find out you got another family out there, it’s just more love.
Alexis had begged for leniency for the woman who raised her, citing her abduction as a 'mistake'
“For some it’s a victory but at the same time you do take a loss when someone so dear to you is just snatched like that.”
Alexis said she does not mind which of her names people use. Williams appeared at a court in Jacksonville for the first time yesterday.
She was ordered to appear again on February 8. She has not yet entered a plea.