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September 20, 2011 permalink

New York parents Nephra Payne and Shanel Nadal have abducted eight of their children from foster care, a new record. Since eight children are difficult to hide, the police will likely be snatching them back soon.



Cops hunt mom & dad who stole 8 kids from protective agency

A Manhattan mom and dad snatched their eight children, all who are in foster care, during a scheduled visit at a child agency in Queens, authorities said.

Shanel Nadal, 28, took her seven boys and a baby girl from a supervised visit on Monday at 4 p.m. at the Forestdale child agency on 112th Street, near 67th Street in Forest Hills. The agency is a contractor of ACS.

Nadal is believed to have fled with the kids and the children's father and Nephra Payne, 34, in a black 1996 Chevrolet Suburban license plate with the number #EXZ5896. Police are not sure how she was able to get the kids into the car.

Shanel Nadal Nephra Payne

All of the boys are named Nephra Payne, and have different middle names. The girl is 11 months old, and named Nefertiti. The oldest child is 11, according to cops.

The parents live in the Manhattanville housing developments on Amersterdam Avenue, near West 131st Street, and Manhattan Family Court has issued warrants for their arrests.

Source: New York Post

Addendum: Caught after six days.



Police: Couple who abducted 8 kids from foster care found

Nephra and Nefertiti Payne
The children, whose parents were apprehended late Monday, range in age from 11 months to 11 years old.

New York (CNN) -- A couple accused of kidnapping their eight children from foster care in New York last week have been apprehended.

Shanel Nadal and the biological father of the children were taken into custody in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Monday evening, police said.

The pair awaits extradition to New York. Harrisburg police would not release any information on the whereabouts of the children or their conditions.

Nadal, 28, fled with her seven sons and one daughter from a Queens facility after an authorized visit on September 19, police said.

The abducted boys are all named after their biological father, Nephra Payne, 34.

They are Nephra Payne, 11; Nephra Ceo Payne, 10; Nephra John Payne, 9; Nephra Shalee Payne, 6; Nephra Rahsul Payne, 6; Nephra Umeek Payne, 5; and Nephra Yahmen Payne, 4.

The lone girl was identified as Nefertiti Payne, 11 months.

A statement from the New York City's Administration for Children's Services at the time made no mention of how Nadal escaped or why the children had been placed in foster care.

Source: CNN

The parents were convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to time served, two months. Here is an interview after release.



EXCLUSIVE: Parents Who Abducted 8 Kids From Queens Foster Care Tell Their Story

Shanel Nadal and Nephra Payne
Shanel Nadal, Nephra Payne
credit: CBS 2

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The parents who snatched their eight children from foster care in Queens are speaking out. The couple, who set off a nationwide manhunt, beat the charges after spending two months behind bars.

On Tuesday, they spoke with CBS 2′s Christine Sloan in an exclusive interview to let people know why they did it.

“How do you kidnap your own children?” asked Shanel Nadal.

That’s what Nadal and her husband, Nephra Payne, were accused of doing — stealing their eight biological children from a foster care facility in Queens.

“I did nothing wrong. I love my babies so much. They’re all I got in this world, nothing else matters,” Nadal said.

The Hollywood-like escape set off a nationwide manhunt that ended in Harrisburg, Pa., when federal agents descended on their van.

It all began a week earlier when the couple, knowing all of their children would be together in one place during a planned, unsupervised visit, decided to snatch them.

“We went straight out of the front of the agency,” Nadal said.

They didn’t have much of a plan after that. They drove to South Carolina, hoping to stay with family. Then they went to Pennsylvania while spending a week on the run.

“I did that for my babies,” Nadal said.

The couple claims some of their sons were being physically, as well as sexually, abused in foster care. They said they had no choice and had to protect them.

“Me and my wife was there — we created them and I felt that was our personal responsibility,” Payne said.

The Administration for Children’s Services wouldn’t comment on the abuse allegations and said it received no complaints. The children were put into foster care in 2009 so it could investigate allegations of abuse against the couple, according to the agency.

Sloan: “Did you hurt those children?”

Nadal: “Did nothing but love our children — like really love them.”

Payne said ACS took their kids after a simple trip to the emergency room came as a result of two of their children getting into a fight.

“I felt they’re kidnapping my children and there is nothing I can do,” Nadal said.

But the couple said they would do it again. They said the seven days they were reunited with their children were “beautiful.”

“They kept kissing me…that was all I needed,” Nadal said.

In the end, the feds tracked them down through their credit cards. They spent more than two months in jail, but it could have been life. Now that they’re out, they said they just want custody of their kids.

“They can take everything in the world away — just give me my babies back. That’s all I need and then I will have my light back,” Nadal said.

The couple will be in court on Dec. 15 to try and get visitation rights back and eventually, their attorney said, full custody. For now, they remain in foster care.

Source: CBS New York

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