A hunt is underway for a missing 2-year-old, Pennsylvania girl. Authorities have charged 25-year-old Sharena Islam Nancy with kidnapping, interference with custody of children, and concealment of whereabouts of a child for her involvement.
Local News affiliate WTAE reported:
Allegheny County Police have filed charges against the driver of the vehicle they say was involved in the abduction of a 2-year-old girl in Penn Hills.
[Sharena Islam Nancy was taken to the Allegheny County Jail, but claims she was acting under the father’s instructions.]
According to a criminal complaint, Nancy told police she was asked to take 2-year-old Nalani Johnson by the girl’s father.
The court paperwork said Nancy told police the girl’s father “sold” the girl to “an unnamed individual” for $10,000. Nancy claims the father asked her to drive the 2-year-old girl “20 minutes from a gas station in Monroeville along U.S. Route 22.”
Nancy then told police she eventually met with a person with a silver SUV with out-of-state plates and gave the girl to that person.
According to the criminal complaint, police found no evidence yet of the mentioned SUV. Police have also not commented on the claims Nancy is making.
Nalani’s father has a different story, according to the court paperwork. It said he told police he was in a car with Nalani and his friend with Nancy driving it.
He said when he got out of the car at the intersection of Bryant Drive and Clay Drive, Nancy took off with the 2-year-old in the car. The complaint mentions he told police he tried calling Nancy but she didn’t answer.
According to Allegheny County police, police first responded to a call about a possible abduction in the Penn Hills community around 5 p.m. Saturday.
County police said Nancy was captured on surveillance cameras at the Sheetz store on William Penn Highway in Murrysville 30 minutes later, at about 5:30 p.m.
Police also released information that said the vehicle, described as a black Toyota Yaris, traveled to the Blairsville, New Alexandria and Delmont areas of Westmoreland County between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything in those areas in that time frame to contact them at 833-255-8477.
They are also asking the public to look out for Nalani’s child car seat, described as a black and gray Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness booster seat. Police said the seat was not in the car when officers found the vehicle and took Nancy into custody.
FBI and Allegheny County officials are continuing to search for Nalani.
FBI officials confirmed Monday the Child Abduction Response Deployment (CARD) team is on the ground in the Pittsburgh area to assist in the search.
Below is the full text of the alert that was sent by state police on behalf of Penn Hills police.
(NOTE: Nalani’s name was misspelled in the alert; police have since corrected the spelling.)
The Pennsylvania State Police has issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert for the Penn Hills Borough Police Department in Allegheny County.
The Penn Hills Borough police Department is searching for Malani Johnson, a 2 year old , black female with black hair and brown eyes. Johnson was last seen at the intersection of Bryant and Clay Drives in Penn Hills Borough, Allegheny County. Johnson was wearing a black shirt and skirt with floral design and black sandals
Johnson was abducted by Sharena Islam Nancy, a 25-year-old Indian American female with black hair and brown eyes. Nancy is driving a Black 2017 Toyota Prius bearing Pa Registration KLW3926. The Vehicle has an Uber sticker in front passenger side window.
Anyone with information about the abduction should immediately contact the police by calling 911.
UPDATE: The child was found dead one day after the arrest. “Unfortunately, we can confirm that the missing child was found here in Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County,” Dougherty said at the conference according to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.