HARTFORD, Conn. -- A North Carolina woman who raised a child kidnapped 23 years ago from a New York hospital surrendered to authorities on a parole violation charge Sunday, days after a widely publicized reunion between the biological mother and the daughter taken from her as a baby.

Ann Pettway surrendered Sunday morning to the FBI and Bridgeport, Conn., police on a warrant from North Carolina, FBI supervisory special agent William Reiner said.

Pettway, who has family in Bridgeport, was on probation because of a conviction for attempted embezzlement and wasn't allowed to leave North Carolina. She remained in custody in Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon and couldn't be reached for comment.

North Carolina officials said Friday they believed Pettway was on the run from authorities. Correction officials had tried repeatedly to contact Pettway after finding out investigators wanted to question her in the 1987 abduction of the infant, Carlina White, who's now grown and has reunited with her long-lost family.

The Department of Correction said Sunday it will seek Pettway's extradition to North Carolina.

White had long suspected Pettway wasn't her biological mother because she could never provide her with a birth certificate. No suspects were ever identified in White's disappearance from Harlem Hospital in New York. White is now 23 years old and has been living under the name Nejdra Nance in Bridgeport and in the Atlanta area.

Her biological family says it believes Pettway was the kidnapper.

Her parents, Joy White and Carl Tyson, said a woman who looked like a nurse had comforted them at the hospital. The girl was just 19 days old and had been admitted in the middle of the night with a high fever. Her parents left the hospital to rest and found she was missing when they came back.

Nance would periodically check the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, looking through photos of missing infants in Connecticut, she told the New York Post. She left Connecticut for Atlanta years ago and has a 5-year-old daughter of her own, her family said. Her family said she worked as a dispatcher and hoped to have a modeling career.

On Jan. 4, Nance checked the website again, but this time she searched through New York's missing children and saw a baby photo that looked nearly identical to hers, police said. She contacted the site, which contacted Joy White. The two exchanged photos and talked. After a DNA test, it was all confirmed.

White and her family met Nance before the DNA test was confirmed because she was sure Nance was her child. Nance was in New York recently with her daughter but returned to Atlanta.

After the DNA test results came back Wednesday, Nance returned to New York and was with her mother at a hotel.

Authorities are considering whether federal investigators should take the case because the statute of limitations may have expired in New York, New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne said. There is no limitation in federal missing-children cases.

A woman who lives near Pettway in North Carolina, Sonova Smith, said Pettway mentioned that she had a daughter in Connecticut but had moved to Raleigh with her son. Smith and Pettway both had teenage sons who would often play together, and Smith said her neighbor seemed to be a good mother.

"She was friendly. She was kind. She loved her son," Smith said. "We talked about our boys often. She talked about family. So, it's just really been surprising."