‘The System Failed This Family’: Nalani Johnson’s Family Pushes To Change Amber Alert Laws In Pa.

‘The System Failed This Family’: Nalani Johnson’s Family Pushes To Change Amber Alert Laws In Pa.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA)– “The system failed this family,” now it’s Congressman Mike Doyle’s mission to prevent the system from failing a family again.


“I have a two-year-old granddaughter. I can’t imagine losing her,” said Doyle.


Two-year-old Nalani Johnson was abducted in Penn Hills at the end of August, then found dead several days later in Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County.


An amber alert was put out, but the attorney representing Nalani’s grandmother says it wasn’t soon enough.


“The first three hours are critical. We had a father with a witness reporting to a police officer that the child was taken by someone essentially a stranger or loosely associated. There was an opportunity to bring about change for Nalani that didn’t happen,” said Attorney Eric Chaffin.


Chaffin says if children aren’t rescued in the first three hours of abduction, 76 percent of them end up dying or tragically abused.


Congressman Doyle says he’s already reached out to other local politicians in hopes to get the ball rolling.


“I contacted Senator Costa. We have reached out to Representative Deluca’s office. Both have expressed a willingness to take a look at the guidelines in Pa. to see how they can be better,” said Doyle.


The family made it quite clear to me that they don’t want this to happen to another child. And that seems to be their main motivation here.


Doyle has a meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Justice on Tuesday, November 12.


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