NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police in Queens are asking for help in finding a mother accused of abducting her eight children that she did not have custody of.
Authorities said the incident happened on Monday at around 4 p.m.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Hero Officer Alyssa Vogel Speaks About Rescuing 4-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
The mother, 28-year-old Shanel Nadal, is accused of taking the children after an authorized visit inside the Forestdale Child Agency at 67-35 112 St. in Forest Hills.
Earlier, authorities had referred to the incident as a “custodial interference.”
The children are between the ages of 11 months and 11 years old. All of the male children are named Nephra Payne, which is also the name of their biological father. They have different middle names.
Police said the suspect may be traveling with the 34-year-old father Nephra Payne in a black 1996 Chevrolet Suburban, New York plate #EXZ5896.
Furthermore, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has issued a “Missing Child Alert” for the children. The agency said that in addition to the Suburban, the mother and children could be traveling in a black 2003 Ford, 4-door sedan, NY Reg: ZDF6104 or a black Infiniti J30, NY Reg: ETK1598.
The missing children include:
Nephra Payne Male/11-year-oldREAD MORE: FDA Grants Pfizer Emergency Use For COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 12 To 15
Nephra Ceo Payne M/10
Nephra Shalee Payne M/6
Nephra Umeek Payne M/5
Nephra Yahmen Payne M/4
Nephra John Payne M/9
Nephra Rahsul Payne M/6
Nefertiti Payne F/11 Months
The Administration for Children Services released a statement saying: “ACS and our foster care agency began working with the NYPD immediately after the mother absconded with the children from a visit at the foster care agency yesterday. Earlier today, we sought and received active warrants from the Manhattan Family Court for the arrest of both parents and for them to produce the children to the Court. We ask for the public’s assistance in locating the children, and appreciate any assistance that they can provide the NYPD.”MORE NEWS: Homeless Services Head Steven Banks Defends NYC's Process Of Getting Vulnerable People Off The Streets
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.