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Pennsylvania woman points blame at missing toddler’s father after cops say she drove off with little girl

2019-09-03

Nalani Johnson has been missing since Saturday night. (Penn Hills Police Department)

A toddler remains missing after a 25-year-old Pennsylvania woman accused of kidnapping the little girl said she delivered her to another woman because the dad "sold" the child for $10,000.

Sharena Nancy drove off with little Nalani Johnson on Saturday night in Penn Hills as the girl’s father moved to get the child out of a car seat, according to the Allegheny County Police Department.

The vehicle was later recovered and Nancy was taken into custody after an Amber Alert was issued, but Nalani, who turns 2 this month, has not been found.

The car seat has not been recovered either.

Nancy’s husband told CBS in Pittsburgh that his wife was a ride-share driver, and there were ride-share stickers on the vehicle she was driving, according to reports. Nancy was not driving for Uber or Lyft on the day of the incident, the companies confirmed.

She has been charged with kidnapping of a minor, custodial interference and concealment of the whereabouts of a child. However, she claims that she was only following orders and later turned the child over to another woman, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She alleges that Nalani’s father Paul Johnson sold the girl for $10,000.

“Who’s sitting in jail? She’s in jail,” Paul Johnson’s mother Taji Walsh told the Post-Gazette.

Sharena Nancy has been slapped with multiple charges.
Sharena Nancy has been slapped with multiple charges. (Allegheny County Jail)

Johnson's aunt Pariss told the newspaper that a person will “say anything at that point when you’re being arrested, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it’s fact."

“He’s been cleared, but again the police, we want them to come out and make a statement in regards to that,” she told the Post-Gazette.

The Allegheny County Police Department could not be immediately reached for comment by the Daily News. Nancy’s husband Raihan Uddin told CBS in Pittsburgh that his wife was working and that he was speaking to her when the events transpired. He said he did not know she had a child in the vehicle.

“She has me on the dashboard, so I mean I saw the car — the whole thing," he told the TV station. "She called the video off, but I still could hear her. They were making her step out from the car — at gunpoint. That’s all I heard. She was telling me that they have a gun pointed at her and telling her to get out. That was the last word I heard from her.”

It was also reported that Uddin and Nancy at one time lived in New York City, where he attended college, according to the Post-Gazette.

Anyone with information on Nalani’s whereabouts should contact the Allegheny County Police tipline at (833) 255-8477.

With News Wire Services