Nava in court

Floribert Nava, the woman accused of kidnapping a juvenile from Wildwood, appeared for a hearing in Wildwood municipal court via video conferencing. Wednesday March 27, 2013, (Dale Gerhard/The Press of Atlantic City)

Dale Gerhard

WILDWOOD — Investigators say a Wildwood woman charged with kidnapping a teenage acquaintance believed the teen’s baby, adopted by a family, should have been given to her.

Floribert Nava, 45, appeared before Municipal Court Judge Mary D’Arcy-Bittner via video from the Cape May County jail Wednesday. It was Nava’s first court appearance since the alleged kidnapping Friday.

Nava reportedly forced the 17-year-old victim from Wildwood to drive to Philadelphia to see the baby that Nava wanted.

The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office said the girl foiled Nava’s plan when she deliberately crashed her car into a police car parked along the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

On Wednesday, D’Arcy-Bittner told Nava of the charges against her and informed her of her rights.

Nava spoke briefly with the aid of an interpreter. The judge told Nava that she would be subject to deportation if convicted.

Nava is not a U.S. citizen. Investigators say she may be from Mexico.

Police said Nava knew the victim but that the two were not related.

The Prosecutor’s Office has not publicly identified the victim because she is a juvenile.

Speaking on behalf of the victim’s family, the Prosecutor’s Office said the family is adamantly opposed to speaking to the media.

The judge said Nava also is charged with threatening to kill the victim and terrorizing her by telling the girl to drive or she would “kill her and her family.”

Nava said she had been visited by an attorney while in jail. Nava, who does not have a criminal record, is being held in lieu of $400,000 bail.

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