PENN HILLS, Pa. — An Amber Alert was issued after a toddler was abducted Saturday in Penn Hills, according to police. A woman was charged Monday in connection with the case as the search continues for the little girl.
Police said the girl was abducted by Sharena Islam Nancy, a 25-year-old Indian-American woman with black hair and brown eyes.
Allegheny County police have arrested Nancy in connection with the alleged abduction of Nalani.
Nancy is facing several charges, including kidnapping of a minor and concealment of whereabouts of a child.
Nalani was last seen at the intersection of Bryant and Clay drives in the Penn Hills Borough at about 5 p.m. Saturday, according to police.
Family members tell Channel 11 Nancy was giving a ride to Nalani, her father and a friend at that time. Nancy is accused of taking off with Nalani when Nalani's father got out of the car and went around to get her out.
Police said Nancy was driving a 2017 black Toyota Yaris with PA plate KLW3926 with Lyft and Uber stickers on the front passenger side window. Police said they found Nancy and the car involved and said she was being questioned at the police department.
On Tuesday, both Lyft issued a statement:
"While this incident did not happen on the Lyft platform, these allegations are deeply disturbing. The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we have permanently banned this individual from driving with Lyft."
- Lyft spokesperson Dana Davis
An official from Uber told Channel 11 that no one using the name of Sharena Nancy used their app during the weekend.
During their investigation, police said the black Toyota Yaris traveled to the Blairsville, New Alexandria and Delmont areas of Westmoreland County between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Surveillance video from the Sheetz on Penn Highway in Murrysville shows Nancy around 5:30 p.m., police said.
According to the criminal complaint, Nancy told investigators the child's father sold the little girl to someone for $10,000.
Nancy alleges Johnson asked her to drive the little girl 20 minutes from a gas station in Monroeville along 22.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Allegheny County Police Tipline immediately at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.
Nancy claims Johnson showed her a picture of a woman who he said would flag her down, and she would turn the baby over to. She said she did exactly what the child's father wanted.
Nancy says the woman had out-of-state plates.
Police paperwork says despite this information, the investigation never revealed a silver SUV to be a part of the case and Nalani is still missing.
Monday afternoon, police asked for help finding the car seat that Nalani was said to be sitting in before she was kidnapped. The seat was not in the car when police stopped Nancy Saturday night. It is described as an Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster Seat, primarily black in color, with a gray seat area
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