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'Mistaken Identity' movie: True story of Rebecca Chittum-Callie Johnson

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"Mistaken Identity" is a movie based on the true story of switched at birth babies: Rebecca Grace Chittum and Callie Marie Johnson aka Callie Conley. The movie first aired under the title "Two Babies: Switched At Birth" in 1999 on CBS, according to Variety. The name was later changed to "Mistaken Identity" when the movie was released to DVD. The movie now airs on Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network. The real names were changed in the film to disguise the basis of the true story.

"Mistaken Identity" synopsis/plot

Advertised as a movie "based on actual events," it follows the story of two young women, a single mother and a married woman who bond in the maternity ward as they go through labor. Linda Wells and Sarah Barlow are bonded together forever when a DNA test for a paternity suit reveals that Linda's 2-year-old child is not her biological child. The two families must make a decision: Switch the babies back or raise the children as their own but keep in contact.

According to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives, the real story happened in Virginia in 1995 involving a single mother and a couple. The real story ending is more tragic than the movie version.

You can read Traciy Curry-Reyes' research notes on the true story at the Movies Based on True Stories Archives.

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