Keke Palmer is working on a new project, this time with Sherri Shepherd and Aunjanue Ellis.
The three will co-star in a Lifetime production “Abducted: The Carlina White Story,” a film based on the true life story of Carlina White, a girl who solved her own kidnapping mystery and reunites with her birth parents 23 years later. Her story made national headlines in January 2011 when she finally reunited with her birth mom, played by Shepherd.
The case is reported to be the first known infant abduction from a New York hospital.
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.