Pennsylvania, USA — Police discovered the body of missing toddler Nalani Johnson at Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County last Tuesday.
According to reports, police arrested 25-year-old Uber driver Sharena Nancy in connection with the abduction of the 2-year-old. The suspect, however, claimed that she was simply taking orders from the toddler’s father who sold the child for $10,000.
Furthermore, Allegheny County Police says that the father, Paul Johnson, and the suspect were in a romantic relationship.
“Sharena Nancy and Paul Johnson became acquainted intermittently over the last few months, so they were known to each other,” police revealed. “They were friends. They were in the beginnings of an intermittent romantic relationship.”
The child’s grandmother, however, denied that the father had any involvement in the incident.
Mr. Johnson claimed earlier that he and a friend were riding in a car driven by Nancy on Saturday evening. However, when he got out of the car and reached for Nalani, Nancy sped off, he alleged.
Investigators say after driving off with Nalani, Nancy took her 2017 black Toyota Yaris and drove it 20 miles south along route 22 to Blairsville, Indiana County.
A Penn Hills officer then stopped her at around 7.30 pm. On Tuesday afternoon’s conference, investigators revealed how Nalani and her father were not in Sharena Nancy’s vehicle for an Uber or Lyft ride.
As soon as authorities found the car, they took the Uber driver to custody. But neither the child nor her car seat was found.
25-year-old Uber driver denies kidnapping a 2-year-old toddler, claims the child’s father sold the girl for $10,000
According to Nancy’s statement, Johnson not only sold the child but instructed her to deliver the toddler to another woman.
Moreover, Nancy also claimed that she saw a silver sports utility vehicle near a Monroeville gas station. There, she allegedly handed the child to a woman standing outside the car. But police revealed that they found no evidence of a silver SUV in the area.
Authorities charged Nancy with kidnapping of a minor, custodial interference and concealment of the whereabouts of a child so far.