The Pennsylvania police have revealed that the “Uber” driver charged with kidnapping a young child said the child was sold for a hefty amount of $10,000.
A news release details the absence of a child in Penn Hills. Her father, named Paul Johnson, said that her “Uber” driver abducted his daughter on Saturday evening. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the child is 23 months old with a birthday on September 15. She has black hair and brown eyes, and is about 3 feet tall.
Her father said he was in a car which had the required Lyft and Uber stickers. His daughter and a friend were accompanying him.
He got out of the car himself first. He then turned back to get his daughter. However, the car sped away with his daughter still inside the vehicle. The complaint filed by the Allegheny County police said the child was named Nalani.
Johnson then attempted to call the driver on her cellphone number. However, she did not pick up. He then called 911 at 5PM local time.
Around 7:30PM, police arrested Sharena Nancy. However, the child was not found in her vehicle.
The police then interrogated the 25 year old suspect. She revealed she had sold the child for $10,000. She also said she had been given detailed instructions about the drop-off. She said she was shown a photo of a black woman to whom to give the baby. She drove 20 minutes from a gas station on US Route 22 to meet her. The woman flagged her down according to instructions, and Nancy gave her the child.
Nancy said the woman was in a silver SUV with out-of-state plates. Another woman was in the car with her. After dropping the child off, Nancy drove back. She revealed that she smoked cigarettes and talked to her husband on the phone after completing the deal.
The child’s grandmother talked to CNN. She said the account of events Nancy told is not true. She said, “If the police felt that [Nalani’s father Paul Johnson] was in any way involved, he wouldn’t be walking freely, he’d be locked somewhere up like she is.”
“Uber” driver Sharena Nancy has been charged with kidnapping of a minor, interference with custody of children and concealment of whereabouts of a child.
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