Couple Sentenced to Jail in Abduction of 8 Kids

Nephra Payne and Shanel Nadal sneaked their children out of a foster facility in Queens

Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011  |  Updated 4:40 PM EDT
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Wanted: Mother Accused of Abducting Her Eight Children

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Abducted Children Back With Foster Parents

The eight children found hidden in a van in Pennsylvania after they were abducted by their parents from a Queens child welfare agency last week are back in New York City in the care of their foster parents. Melissa Russo reports.

Wanted: Mother Accused of Abducting Her Eight Children

Police say the children's biological father may be traveling with the group.
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The Manhattan couple who abducted their eight children from a Queens foster care facility in September has been sentenced to 60 days in jail, the Queens District Attorney announced Wednesday.

Mother Shanel Nadal, 28, and father Nephra Payne, 34, of Amsterdam Avenue in upper Manhattan, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of second-degree custodial interference.

"Today's sentence is a just and fair disposition of this case," said DA Richard Brown. "The defendants are held accountable for their actions and the children will be spared having to testify against their parents at trial."

The couple admitted to sneaking their children out of the Forestdale child care facility in Forest Hills during a supervised visit on Sept. 19.

The family slipped out of the back of the facility, and traveled to Harrisburg, Pa., where they were apprehended by U.S. Marshals and NYPD officers about a week later, on Sept. 26.

The children — seven boys named Nephra, who have different middle names, and an infant daughter, Nefertiti — range in age from 11 months to 12 years, according to the police complaint in Harrisburg. They were returned to New York City and are again under the care of the Administration for Children's Services. It's not clear if they were placed in the same homes.

In addition to the jail term, the couple will also serve three years probation, the DA said.
 

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