A woman in Washington state and her 16-year-old daughter were arrested after the woman allegedly posed as a baby photographer and drugged a mother in an attempt to steal her newborn. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Tacoma, Washington, the woman called 911 telling emergency responders she was experiencing drowsiness, was vomiting and had numbness and instability on her feet. She believed she had been drugged.
Upon receiving treatment at a hospital, the woman filed a police report with the sheriff’s department, noting she had accepted an offer from a woman in a Facebook group to take photos of her newborn for free. The woman was offering her services to build her portfolio.
38-year-old Juliette Parker was named a suspect and allegedly carried multiple aliases. Parker allegedly visited the victim’s home three times to take photos and was seen taking selfies with the baby and wiping her fingerprints from items she had touched. The sheriff’s department released a statement noting the suspect had used a cupcake to drug the mom.
“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 new mom told the suspect and her daughter to leave her home. After they left, the victim noticed that the suspect had stolen her house keys.”
Parker, along with her daughter, were arrested at their home. She was booked on attempted kidnapping and assault charges. After multiple interviews by detectives and numerous search warrants, they identified additional victims before discovering Parker’s plot to “steal a newborn baby to raise as her own.”
Sheriff’s Det. Ed Troyer stated deputies with the sheriff’s department donated money to buy new locks for the victim’s window guard and door and helped her install them. Parker has also allegedly been involved in a bomb-making incident. Not only that, but Parker was also a candidate in the Colorado Springs mayoral race last year. She came in second with 11.9 percent of the vote.
Authorities are asking anyone who’s been contacted by a woman posing as a photographer named “Juliette Parker,” “Juliette Noel” or “Juliette Gains” to call detectives at 253-798-7724.