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A 2-year-old girl was found dead in a park near Pittsburgh, 3 days after she was kidnapped by a rideshare driver who claimed the girl’s father sold the child to another woman for $10,000.

Nalani Johnson's body was found on Tuesday at Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County near Pittsburgh, police say.

On Monday, police filed kidnapping charges against Sharena Nancy, 25, according to KDKA. She will also be charged with murder.

Police say Nancy is in a relationship with the 2-year-old's father, Paul Johnson.

Nancy told police the baby's father instructed her to drop the child off with another woman after he sold her for $10,000. But Johnson denies the allegation.

Just after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Johnson called police. He was "crying and visibly upset" when police arrived.

He told police that he and his daughter were in Nancy's vehicle, a Toyota Yaris with Uber and Lyft stickers on the windshield. A "friend" was also in the car.

He said Nancy drove approximately 20 miles south along route 22 to Blairsville, Indiana County. At the intersection of Bryant and Clay Drives in Penn Hills, police say Johnson told them the vehicle stopped so he could get out, but when he went to reach for his daughter, Nancy drove off with Nalani still strapped in her child safety seat.

He said he called Nancy's cell phone repeatedly but she never answered.

Nancy was stopped by a Penn Hills police officer around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The toddler and her car seat were not in the car. Nancy was arrested and charged with kidnapping.

She told police that the girl’s father sold Nalani to another woman for $10,000 and Nancy was to drive the girl "20 minutes from a gas station in Monroeville along Route 22."

She said she turned the child and the car seat over to the unidentified woman.

The FBI's Child Abduction Response Deployment team joined local police in the search for Nalani.

Johnson's mother Taji Walsh denied Nancy's claim that her son was involved in his daughter's disappearance. "We don’t know her personally," Walsh said, adding that her son would not be walking around free if he was somehow involved.

An autopsy will be performed on Nalani to determine the cause and manner of death.

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A missing 4-year-old Houston girl and her 2 brothers were recently returned home after spending six months in the custody of Child Protective Services, according to published reports. Maleah Davis has been missing since Friday night, when her stepfather, Derion Vence, told police 3 men abducted the girl.

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Houston police continue their frantic search for a 4-year-old girl allegedly abducted by three Hispanic males "sometime Friday night" in Sugar Land, Texas. An Amber alert was issued for Maleah Davis on Saturday after the girl's stepfather, Derion Vence, claimed he was carjacked by three males and dropped off along with his 1-year-old son in Sugar Land.

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The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs is over. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was taken into custody Thursday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Jayme's parents, Denise and James Closs, and one count of kidnapping.

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The 53-year-old man who confessed to abducting and murdering 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling won't face charges in his murder.

Danny Heinrich confessed to abducting, sexually assaulting and killing Jacob in exchange for a plea deal. He won't face any charges in the boy's death.

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A woman who abducted a baby boy from a Pennsylvania mall told police she lost her own baby son 7 weeks ago.

Cherie Amoore, 32, was arrested at her apartment complex about four hours after she kidnapped 7-week-old Ahsir Simmons from the King of Prussia Mall in Upper Merion Township on Thursday.

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A 21-year-old Massachusetts woman who abducted and tortured a 2-year-old girl has been ordered held without bail.

Abigail Hanna was arraigned in Newburyport District Court on Monday. She could barely stand without assistance from a court officer.

Abigail Hanna is accused of breaking into a home and abducting a toddler she used to babysit.

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Police in Spokane, Washington are on the hunt for a man who brazenly snatched a 22-month-old baby boy in front of his young siblings. The screams of the boy's 8-year-old sister alerted 2 teenagers who gave chase, Yahoo News reports. The man put the baby down and fled the scene on foot. Police don't believe he is from the area.

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Relisha Rudd was absent from school for 30 days before school officials notified the D.C. Child and Family Service Agency on March 13. It was another six days before the agency began their investigation. Now Relisha is the subject of an intense manhunt by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies who believe Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, killed his wife and took the 8-year-old across state lines to Atlanta.

Tatum is charged with murdering his wife, Andrea Tatum, according to AJC.com. Police believe Tatum has ties to the Atlanta area.

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An Amber Alert has been canceled for a missing 6-year-old Florida girl who was found safe in South Georgia.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police stopped Charity Chatman, 39, as she drove through Perry, Georgia, just south of Macon. Chatman's daughter, Onnika Fisher, was returned safely to Florida authorities, Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said.

An Amber Alert had been issued for Onnika in Florida on Friday night, about 3 hours after the girl was snatched by her mother during a supervised visit at the Jewish Family & Community Services Center in Lakewood, Fla.

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Three Ohio women who were snatched off the same Cleveland block about 10 years ago were found alive in the home of a Cleveland school bus driver on Monday.

The driver, Ariel Castro, 52, was taken into custody Monday along with his 2 brothers. Castro kept the women hidden in a basement for 10 years, according to police. At least one of the women gave birth to a daughter, now 6, while in captivity.

Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who rescued Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, said he was at McDonald's when he heard a woman screaming hysterically inside a nearby house.

"This girl is kicking the door and screaming," he told local NBC affiliate WKYC-TV.

Ramsey said the woman screamed, "Help me get out! I'm Amanda Berry... I've been missing for 10 years!" Ramsey said he believed the woman was involved in a domestic violence dispute.

Berry was snatched at age 16 in 2003, as she left her job at McDonald's. DeJesus was 14 when she was taken while walking home from school in 2004. Knight was kidnapped in 2002.

Ramsey and another man broke down the door so Berry could escape. "We had to kick open the bottom," Ramsey told WEWS-TV. "Lucky on that door it was aluminum. It was cheap. She climbed out with her daughter."

“I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms," Ramsey told the station. "Either she homeless or she's got problems. That's the only reason she'd run to a black man!"

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The good Samaritan with the fitting name will receive a $15,000 reward for finding Nailla Robinson, 5. Nelson Mandela Myers, 24, told reporters he thought about his own 5-year-old when he found Nailla freezing and huddled under park equipment in Upper Darby early Tuesday.

Nailla was abducted from Bryant Elementary school at 9 a.m. Monday by a woman wearing muslim garb who posed as her mother.

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A 5-year-old girl abducted from a west Philadelphia elementary school Monday morning was targeted by her abductor, Philly.com reports.

Nailla Robinson was taken from Bryant Elementary school at 8:50 a.m. by a woman wearing a traditional muslim burqa, naqib (face covering) and black gloves.

"The child was actually targeted," said Capt. John Darby of the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit, "this was not a random act."

He added: "The woman knew which classroom to go to, and knew Nailla's name. She left the school on foot with the girl in tow, and that no car was used."

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Update: Philadelphia police say 5-year-old Nailla Robinson was found safe in Upper Darby early Tuesday morning, hours after she was abducted from Bryant Elementary school by an apparent stranger posing as the child's mother.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told Action News a man walking near 69th Street heard a child's cries for help. He found the girl hiding under a jungle gym in a nearby park. She was wearing only a T-shirt in 30-degree temperatures.

Superintendent Michael Chitwood tells Action News, "The abducted little girl came running to him, screaming for help. All she had was a T-shirt on. And she said that she had run away from the people that had taken her."

Nailla was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated for hypothermia, and to be reunited with her mother.

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A missing child case in Houston has been solved by Texas authorities. The infant who vanished 8 years ago will be reunited with his mother after police arrested the child's former babysitter for kidnapping him.

Krystle Rochelle Tanner, 26, is being held without bond in a San Augustine jail. The now 8-year-old boy will be reunited with his mother, Auboni Champion-Morin, who hasn't seen her son since he was 8-months-old.

"I want to hold him in my arms and let him know who I am," said Champion-Morin, who lives in Houston. "I hope he can feel the same thing I feel for him." But before the reunion happens, Champion-Morin will have to undergo a DNA test to prove the boy is her son, even though authorities know it's him.

Police were led to Tanner last Summer after child welfare investigators in San Augustine County received a complaint that a mother was neglecting her two children. But when officials followed up on the complaint, they couldn't locate the older boy.

Tanner initially told police she was keeping the boy for a woman she had met in a park, but she didn't know where he was. Sheriff's deputies had no records for the boy and little information to work with, according to USA Today.

The sheriff's were unaware of the missing baby case in Houston. That's because police closed the missing child case in 2006 after they were unable to locate Tanner or the baby, and the case went cold.

Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham of the San Augustine Sheriff's Department (pictured above) said the case was closed in 2006, after relatives of Tanner told them she vanished with the boy in 2004 and they had not heard from her.

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