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Grandmother Fights For Answers After Kidnapping And Death Of Toddler

Attorney Eric Chaffin is joining Taji Walsh's search for answers following the death of her granddaughter, Nalani Johnson.


Search For Answers

Since the kidnapping and death of her 2-year-old granddaughter, Taji Walsh is on a mission. Attorney Eric Chaffin is stepping up to join her. They're trying to find out what went wrong in the moments after Nalani Johnson's abduction to delay the issuing of an Amber Alert by nearly two hours.

Nalani Johnson was abducted in Penn Hills, PA on August 31, 2019.

The abduction happened just after 5 p.m. that day in Penn Hills, PA. When the Amber Alert was finally issued, the suspect's car and location was discovered within minutes but it took four more days to find Nalani. She was dead in a field, still buckled into her car seat.

Public Records Requests Denied

Since that time, Taji has been trying to find out why the Amber Alert was not issued sooner but her requests for even a simple police report have so far been denied by Penn Hills Police who were the first ones to respond within minutes of the abduction.

Former federal prosecutor Eric Chaffin (Left) is joining Taji Walsh (Right) in seeking answers and public records.

This is where Eric Chaffin is stepping in to help. When I told Eric about Taji's struggle to get even basic public records, he says he had to get involved. They both joined me on KDKA Radio to discuss the challenges so far:

As I discussed with Eric and Taji, I'm reaching out to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to ask for his assistance with public records and assistance to find out what missteps may have taken place in the handling of Nalani's abduction. The goal isn't to get someone fired or someone to blame, it's to find out so we can fix it so this doesn't have to happen to another family... another innocent child.

Learn More About The Efforts To Find Answers

Check out our previous story where you'll also find ways to make sure you're getting Amber Alerts on your mobile devices so you can be part of the solution when seconds count.

Todder's Death Leads To Call For Review of Amber Alert Procedures: Family members and lawmakers want to know why it took so long to issue an Amber Alert when 2-year-old Nalani Johnson was abducted.

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