The Nephra Paynes, and Susan Powell

Gothamist has much better photos of the seven Nephra Paynes and their sister Nefertiti, who are still missing. According to unnamed sources, the children were taken into care two years ago because their father abused them and their mother neglected them (perhaps by simply allowing the abuse to occur?). They were initially split between two homes. Nefertiti, after she was born last year, was placed in a third.

And, Susan Powell’s father-in-law, Steven Powell, has been hit with some serious charges: possession of child porn, and filming women and girls, including Susan, without their knowledge. This is the same man who claimed Susan was throwing herself at him all the time, while her parents said that in fact HE was hitting on HER and Susan and Josh moved from their Washington home to Utah in part to get away from him. Susan’s sons had been living in Washington with Steven. (I hope they were not in the porn photos, but it seems Steven focused on females.) They are now in foster care and her parents want custody.

Lindquist said Utah police investigating Susan Powell’s disappearance found “thousands of images of females being videotaped without their knowledge, including Susan Powell,” on tapes and disks at his home in an Aug. 25 search.

The videos were found in Steven Powell’s bedroom. “The photographer focuses on the women’s buttocks, breasts,” Lindquist said in a statement. “Many images were of minor females.”

The images included shots of two girls who were as young as 8 and 10 years old at the time, the prosecutor said. Authorities determined that the girls lived near Steven Powell from June 2006 to August 2007.

At Powell’s arraignment, prosecutor Grant Blinn said detectives are still going through the seized items, but so far have found more than 1,000 video files. He said it appeared he had been secretly videotaping girls or women for at least 10 years.


Meanwhile, Susan’s husband, Josh, remains the prime suspect in her disappearance.

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.