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Baby Nalani Kidnapped and Sold, Then Murdered, Body Found

Sharena Islam Nancy and Nalani Johnson
Baby Nalani Kidnapped and Sold, Then Murdered, Body Found

Baby Nalani Kidnapped and Sold, Then Murdered, Body Found

The body of a Pennsylvania toddler missing since the weekend has been found.

Authorities found the body of two-year-old Nalani Johnson on Tuesday at Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County just outside of Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Police said the father of the toddler and the woman who has been charged with kidnapping the little girl were in a romantic relationship.

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On Monday, police filed kidnapping and other related charges against Sharena Nancy, 25, according to KDKA, however further charges are now likely given the discovery of the child’s body.

Investigators say after driving off with Nalani, Nancy’s 2017 black Toyota Yaris, complete with Lyft and Uber stickers on the windshield, drove 20 miles south along route 22 to Blairsville, Indiana County.

Nancy was stopped around 7:30 pm by a Penn Hills Police officer.

During Tuesday afternoon’s news conference investigators revealed how Nalani and her father, Paul Johnson, were not in Sharena Nancy’s vehicle for an Uber or Lyft ride.

Sharena Nancy and Paul Johnson became acquainted intermittently over the last few months, so they were known to each other,’ police said. ‘They were friends; they were in the beginnings of an intermittent romantic relationship.’

Johnson’s grandmother has denied the child’s father had any involvement in the kidnapping.

The child’s father had previously told investigators in Penn Hills that he and a friend were riding in a car driven by Nancy on Saturday evening.

When he got out of the car and was moving to get the child out of her car seat, Nancy drove off, he alleged.

After an Amber Alert was issued, the car was found and Nancy was taken into custody, but neither the child nor her car seat was found.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Nancy alleges the father ‘sold’ the toddler for $10,000 and, on his instructions, she turned the girl over to a woman at a roadside rendezvous.

She alleged that she was told to drive 20 minutes from a Monroeville gas station.

There, she saw a parked silver sports utility vehicle with out-of-state plates, and she gave the child to a woman standing outside the car.

Police wrote in the criminal complaint that they found no evidence of a silver SUV in the area at the time.

The child’s grandmother, Taji Walsh, dismissed the allegations, telling reporters that if the police thought the father was involved ‘he wouldn’t be walking freely – he’d be locked up like she is.’

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