Abducted Toddler Found Dead in Indiana County
In a press conference, the Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty confirmed that the body of 23-month-old Nalani Johnson, of Penn Hills, was discovered on Tuesday afternoon at Pine Ridge Park in Blairsville, Indiana County.
An Amber Alert was issued shortly after Nalani was abducted in the Penn Hills area on Saturday evening.
Investigators said Paul “PJ” Johnson, his daughter Nalani, and his friend, were riding in a vehicle driven by Sharena Nancy on Saturday evening.
While traveling in the vehicle, Johnson and Nancy reportedly began arguing. Johnson and his friend exited the vehicle, and when Johnson went to get his daughter out of the car seat, Nancy drove away with the toddler.
Nancy was later arrested during a traffic stop in Indiana County, but the child was not found in the vehicle.
Court documents indicate that Nancy told investigators that Johnson sold the child to an individual for $10,000.00 and asked her to complete the drop-off.
Investigators said Tuesday there is no evidence to corroborate Nancy’s version of events.
Nancy is currently facing charges of kidnapping, concealing the whereabouts of a child, and other related charges. She is being held in the Allegheny County Jail with bail being denied.
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said Nancy and Paul Johnson were in an “intermittent romantic relationship.”
Further details related to Nalani’s death are expected to be released soon.
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