A Florida woman who made national headlines as the focus of a shocking switched at birth horror story at age 10 is opening up about her tumultuous years out of the spotlight.
In 1989, Kimberly Mays became a media sensation when genetic tests revealed that she had been switched with another baby shortly after her birth at Hardee Memorial Hospital in Wachula, Fla. on November 29, 1978.
Her biological parents, Ernest and Regina Twigg, were sent home with a baby girl named Arlena, who suffered from a congenital heart defect and died at 9 years old. After a blood test revealed Arlena was not their biological child, the Twiggs fought to gain custody of Kimberly, accusing her father, Robert Mays, of bribing the hospital to switch the infants due to Arlena's illness.
In August 1993, then 14-year-old Kimberly won a highly publicized lawsuit to divorce her biological parents, only to move in with them two years later.
For the next 22 years, Mays worked hard to escape the spotlight that plagued her teenage years – moving more than two dozen times and cutting all ties with friends and family. Now, the 36-year-old mother of six is opening up about her life to Barbara Walters in an episode of Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals. (Walters previously interviewed Kimberly at age 14 for the TV special, Switched at Birth: Kimberly's Story, which aired before the trial completed.)