A woman brought in for questioning in connection with a Penn Hills toddler who disappeared over the weekend has been charged, but police are still searching for the missing toddler.
Two-year-old Nalani Johnson was reported missing just after 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, by her father, Paul Johnson. He claimed his daughter had been taken by a woman driving a black Toyota Yaris with Lyft and Uber stickers in the window in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania.
Allegheny County police said an officer managed to track down 25-year-old Sharena Nancy, the alleged driver of the Yaris, just before 7:30 p.m. but did not find Nalani in the vehicle when he pulled Nancy over.
Nancy was taken in for questioning by police. She was arrested for kidnapping, police said Sunday, Sept. 1.
The incident sparked an Amber Alert. Nalani remains missing.
According to police, Nancy is facing charges of kidnapping of a minor, interference with custody of children, and concealment of whereabouts of a child.
The criminal complaint reports that Nancy claimed the girl’s father sold her to someone for $10,000 and asked her to drive the child 20 minutes from a gas station in Monroeville along Route 22, where a woman would meet her and take the child, according to KDKA.
Nancy told detectives that she was flagged down there by a woman in a silver SUV with out-of-state license plates and gave Nalani and safety seat to her.
WPXI reported police have not developed any evidence that a silver SUV is involved in the case.
Authorities said Nalani Johnson is a 2-year-old black female with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen at the intersection of Bryant and Clay Drives in Penn Hills Borough, Allegheny County. The little girl was wearing a black shirt and skirt with a floral design and black sandals and goes by the nickname “Mooh.”
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).