Woman charged with kidnapping, killing Nalani Johnson heading to trial

PITTSBURGH — The woman accused in the kidnapping and death of a Penn Hills toddler was in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Sharena Nancy is charged with criminal homicide and kidnapping in the death of 2-year-old Nalani Johnson.

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An Amber Alert was triggered when, according to police, Nancy abducted Nalani on Aug. 31 in Penn Hills.

Nalani’s body was found days later, still strapped in a car seat at a park in Indiana County.

Doctors said Nalani had scratches on her face, but it’s unclear how she died. A forensic pathologist testified that Johnson likely died of suffocation but the individual could not say with medical certainty.