Police detain couple accused of taking own kids from foster care

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

Story highlights

  • Police: Shanel Nadal, 28, flees with her seven sons and one daughter
  • The abducted boys are all named after their biological father
  • Staff from ACS will bring the children home to New York City
Police have detained a couple accused of kidnapping their eight children from foster care in New York last week.
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.
However, a statement from New York City's Administration for Children's Services on Tuesday said specially-trained staff members will bring the children home to New York City, where they will be examined by medical personnel and "receive all necessary counseling to address any trauma" they may have experienced.
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.
It was unclear how Nadal escaped or why the children had been placed in foster care.