8 NYC kids abducted by non-custodial parents with no imagination

There an Amber Alert out for eight siblings in foster care who were abducted by their parents, Shanel Nadal and Nephra Payne. Somehow the parents managed to sneak all eight of them out on what was supposed to be a supervised visit at Forestdale, a child services facility in New York City. (The agency is now in damage control mode.) They’re in care because of a “domestic abuse allegation.” Naturally they were split up; there’s no foster home to take eight kids.

What’s most unusual, however, is that seven of the kids — all boys — have the name Nephra Payne, like their father. The sole girl in the family is named Nefertiti. The NCMEC has to have two posters to fit them all, though the New York State authorities managed to cram them in on one page, albeit at the expense of accuracy.

The Nephras all have different middle names they use. Only the oldest, age 11, goes by Nephra. The others are Ceo, Shalee, Umeek, Yahmen, John and Rahsul. But still, it’s got to be an administrative nightmare. What happens when they’re old enough to get regular mail? What if several of them are enrolled in the same school at the same time? The case has gotten national attention for their names alone.

Nefertiti’s foster mother was quoted as saying the mother, Shanel, probably just thought she was doing the right thing when she took the kids. Another foster parent, the one who had Rahsul and John, said Shanel missed her kids a great deal and she personally wasn’t surprised they’d been snatched. That foster parent said that many parents whose kids are in care seem apathetic and don’t keep in touch with them, but Shanel always visited and often brought Nephra Sr. and they seemed desperate to have the kids back.

Of course I don’t know any of these people, but this situation — them all being fugitives — cannot last. Ten people trying to hide, the children all quite young, one of them not even a year old yet.

11 thoughts on “8 NYC kids abducted by non-custodial parents with no imagination

  1. Princess Shantae September 21, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    George Foreman made a monster when he named all his boys George. Seriously this is ridiculous. And the news article I saw said “eight of her kids” so there must be more of them. Who knows what they’re called.
    I remember that nephro means kidney, so her boys are all almost named Kidney Pain. lol
    John doesn’t know how lucky he is.

    • Meaghan September 22, 2011 / 12:58 am

      I thought perhaps the name “Nephra” might mean something in Arabic or Hebrew, as it vaguely sounds Arabic or Hebrew, but it turns out I was wrong.

  2. Katja September 22, 2011 / 12:27 am

    Lawrence Eagleburger (who served briefly as US Secretary of State) named all three of his sons Lawrence.

    “It was ego,” Eagleburger told The Washington Post about giving his sons the same first name. “And secondly, I wanted to screw up the Social Security system.”

    Of course, now we don’t have as many large Catholic families with more than one daughter named “Mary” (Mary Catherine, Mary Agnes, etc)

    • Meaghan September 22, 2011 / 12:54 am

      The other day I posted the case of Kara Rigdon. Her in-laws are all named William. Father-in-law, his son her husband, and her husband’s twin brother. They also go by middle names.

  3. Sara September 22, 2011 / 1:12 am

    The poster says one kid was born in August 2005, and the next in March 2006. That’s not even nine months apart. I wonder if the second one was a preemie or if they got the dates wrong on the poster.

  4. marycarney September 22, 2011 / 1:52 am

    Yeah, my sister named two of her kids (different dads) Danny. My folks have five girls and we all have the same middle name. No imagination.

  5. amy September 22, 2011 / 7:26 am

    I have seen families with the same middle name over and over (my younger 1/2 sisters are all named “Lynn” for a middle name- after our older 1/2 sister, Linda), but the same first names is a bit much. I also know a guy who married a girl who already had a kid named Joe and when they had their child together, they named the kid Joe as well. So, she has two kids named Joseph (but they call one Greg).

  6. Princess Shantae September 22, 2011 / 9:32 am

    A guy who put in some flooring in our house not long ago is named Tony. He’s been married twice. His oldest son is Anthony Junior and he goes by Anthony. The youngest is Anthony also and is called AJ. The two Anthonys are about 15-20 years apart and have different mothers but still.
    Even if the next kid was preemie, its still cutting it really close. My bet is its a mistake on the poster.

  7. Magnolia September 28, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    Con-artists occasionally will give their children the same name for credit card fraud purposes. A dad with the same name has a better chance of ruining his sons’ credits. It also creates confusion for authorities. A coworker’s father did this to all of his sons…

    • Meaghan September 29, 2011 / 9:00 am

      In one of Ann Rule’s books she wrote about a guy who named his daughters Stevie Nicks and Darryl Hannah, supposedly after the female celebrities, but really so he could use their Social Security numbers for himself.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s