Stories of the lengths desperate women will go to steal a baby are legendary, but a scheme out of Washington State is one for the ages — one all new mothers need to hear about.
Fortunately, even after apparently being drugged, the mother of a newborn in Pierce County, located just south of Seattle, managed to save her baby from almost certain abduction.
Juliette Parker, 38. was arrested Friday, along with her 16-year-old, who appears to have been in on the caper, after she was accused of pretending to be a photographer to abscond with another woman’s baby, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Sharing the details on its official Facebook page, the sheriff’s department said that an investigation was launched after receiving a report that the suspects “had drugged a woman after posing as a newborn baby photographer.”
The post was seeking other potential victims.
“If you have been contacted by a woman named ‘Juliette Parker’, ‘Juliette Noel’ or ‘Juliette Gains’ who posed as a photographer and believe you were a victim, please give our detectives a call as soon as possible at 253-798-7724,” the post stated.
The terrifying details of the alleged crime were shared online.
“An adult female victim called 911 on the night of February 5, 2020, to request medical aid when she suddenly began feeling numbness, drowsiness, instability on her feet and was vomiting,” the post read. “The victim told firefighters that she believed that she had been drugged.”
After being treated at the hospital, the victim filed a report with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
“The victim reported that she had met the suspect through a post on a newborn baby group on Facebook, where the suspect had advertised free photos of newborn babies so the suspect could build her portfolio,” the department said.
More from the Facebook post on what took place:
The suspect reportedly came to the victim’s residence on three occasions to photograph her newborn baby. The suspect was observed taking cell phone selfies with the victim’s baby and was seen wiping her fingerprints off items she touched inside the victim’s home. During the third incident, the suspect and the suspect’s teenage daughter gave the victim a cupcake to eat; the victim reported feeling numb and drowsy immediately after eating the cupcake. The victim told the suspect and her daughter to leave her home. After they left, the victim noticed that the suspect had stolen her house keys.
After an investigation, authorities said they obtained evidence indicating that the suspect was planning to steal the newborn baby to raise as her own.
In a sign of the times, where law enforcement goes out of the way to strengthen its relationship with the community, Pierce County deputies chipped in and bought new locks and window guards for the victim and volunteered to install them at her home.
Photos of this act of kindness were shared on Facebook.
Turns out, Parker ran for mayor last year in Colorado Springs, advocating for issues like affordable housing and ending homelessness, according to The Gazette.
“I love Colorado Springs, and I want to live here the rest of my life,” Parker said. “I would like my kids to be able to live here and grow up here. I would like to have my grandkids be able to grow up here and live here and have their kids here.”
The mayoral race was nonpartisan.
There were also other potential victims, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said online.
Suspect Juliette Parker, AKA Juliette Noel, Juliette Gaines. Our deputies booked her for Assault 2nd degree & Attempted Kidnapping. We are being contacted by multiple expectant mothers & mothers of newborns who were in communication with her. Please call us if you have any info. pic.twitter.com/l7OqPyUUvl
— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) February 16, 2020
Of the may online responses to the story, the following exchange may be the most compelling:
They should do a blood test.
— Brenda Arreola (@princessamiira) February 16, 2020
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