A Washington state woman who allegedly drugged a mother in an attempt to kidnap her baby photographed over 10 women before reportedly settling on a young mother with a newborn baby girl.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities arrested 38-year-old Juliette Parker and her 16-year-old daughter on Friday. Police found the pair in Spanaway, Washington, about 45 miles south of Seattle.
The two were detained on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and assault.
Parker allegedly posted internet advertisement as a photographer and offered to take photos of newborns for free so she could expand her portfolio, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
In a February 5 photo session, Parker and her daughter visited the mother of a 3-week-old girl and offered her cupcake, according to police. The victim said she ate the treat and then felt drowsy and numb, at which point she asked Parker and her daughter to leave.
The victim soon noticed that her keys were missing, so she called 911 to report being drugged. The victim said Parker photographed herself with the baby. She noticed that Parker had wiped down items she had touched in the home.
Although she fled without the infant, police alleged that Parker wanted a new baby to raise as her own, and the drugging the victim was part of her botched attempt to steal the woman’s newborn.
Since her arrest, according to CBS News, over 10 people claim Parker visited them at their homes to take photos while she posed as a professional photographer. Investigators said Parker was likely was searching for the perfect baby to steal, but it had to be a girl.
“She wanted a girl,” Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. “She wanted them five weeks and younger so she could raise it herself, take it out of state and pretend it was a newborn of her own.”
Victoria Morris, a woman who met Parker on Facebook, said the alleged fake photographer had been to her home several times while she was still pregnant, and was supposed to be at the hospital with her when she gave birth. On the same day she delivered her baby, however, Parker was arrested.
“I’m really upset and scared because she had my address and has been in my home,” Parke told Good Morning America.
Authorities said numerous other women invited Parker into their home after she advertised on social media to take free photographs of newborns to build her portfolio. Parker rejected at least one woman, Amanda Appling, because she had an infant son.
“She informed me she wasn’t looking for a boy but she’d save his picture and let me know if she was looking for a little boy to do photos with,” Appling told GMA.
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Authorities say Parker had other aliases, including “Juliette Noel” and “Juliette Gains.”
In a Facebook post on Friday, the Sheriff’s Office said deputies had donated new locks and window guards to the victim and volunteered to install them at her home.
Parker faced charges in 2014 of larceny and trespassing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She said she was hiking at the time and did not know she was on military property. She said she came upon rifle bullets and picked them up, prompting one to fire, which attracted law enforcement.
She agreed to pay a $200 fine and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor illegal burning.
Parker previously lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she unsuccessfully ran for mayor in April 2019, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. During her campaign, she advocated for affordable housing and helping the homeless.
She told the Gazette that she had spent most of her life in Texas and Washington.
Parker was released from jail on Sunday evening after making a $50,000 bond. It’s unclear what Parker’s daughter has been charged with, but both mother and daughter are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
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[Feature Photo: Juliette Parker: Police Handout]
*Additional reporting by Jonathan Anderson*