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23-month-old girl who was reported abducted in Pennsylvania is found dead


Nalani Johnson, a 23-month-old girl who was reported abducted in Pennsylvania, was found dead, said Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty at a conference ...

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Nalani Johnson

(CNN) - A 23-month-old girl who was reported abducted in Pennsylvania was found dead, a district attorney said.

Nalani Johnson was found in Pine Ridge Park, near Blairsville, and the coroner was called to the scene, Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty said at a press conference on Tuesday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday. "Until we have more information about the cause and form of death, we can't really offer them much more at this time," Dougherty said.

Sharena Nancy

Sharena Nancy, the driver of the car in which her father said she had last seen the girl, was accused of kidnapping a child.

The girl's father, Paul Johnson, said earlier that Nancy left with her daughter on Saturday after an argument, according to a criminal complaint filed by Allegheny County Police.

Johnson and Nancy were at the beginning of an "intermittent romantic relationship" and met on social media in recent months, Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said Tuesday at a press conference.

Nancy is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail. Other charges against him include interference with child custody and concealment of a child's whereabouts. Your preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 16.

CNN has not been able to identify or contact a Nancy lawyer.

Johnson, his daughter and a friend spent several hours with Nancy on Saturday before the kidnapping was reported. Everyone was traveling in a car driven by Nancy when there was an argument, according to the complaint.

Johnson decided to get out of the vehicle, but when he was going to get his daughter out of the car, Nancy went with the girl, according to the complaint.

Johnson told detectives that he tried to call Nancy's cell phone several times, but she never answered, so she called 911 around 5 pm ET. Police arrested Nancy, 25, in the vehicle during a traffic stop around 7:30 p.m. ET, but did not find the girl, the complaint said.

Nancy told detectives that Johnson sold the girl to an individual for $ 10,000 and asked her to complete the delivery, according to the complaint.

Nancy said Johnson showed her a picture of a black woman she was supposed to meet and asked her to drive with the girl “20 minutes” from a service station in Monroeville along Route 22 to meet the woman, according to the complaint.

Nancy said she was told that the woman would "give her a signal" and that she should deliver the child, the complaint says.

Nancy told the detectives that she found a silver van with plates from another state parked on the side of the road and did what they had ordered, passed the girl and her car seat to a woman who was next to the vehicle and Then he left. Nancy told the police that she saw a second woman inside the van.

Nancy said she later drove, smoked cigarettes and spoke with her husband on the phone, according to the complaint.

McDonough said Tuesday that there is no evidence to corroborate Nancy's version of the events, adding that Johnson and his family have cooperated with the ongoing investigation.

Nalani's grandmother, Taji Walsh, told KDKA, a CNN affiliate, that Nancy's version is not true. Her son, whom she calls "PJ," is Nalani's father.

"If the police believed that PJ is involved in some way, he would not be walking freely, he would be locked somewhere like her," he said.

Johnson told police that the car Nancy was driving had Uber and Lyft stickers. Uber representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comments from CNN.

Dana Davis, Lyft's communications manager, told CNN that while this incident did not occur on the Lyft platform, Nancy was banned from driving with Lyft and added that the accusations were "deeply disturbing."

Laura Ly, Mirna Alsharif and Tanika Gray of CNN contributed to this report.

Source: cnnespanol

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