A woman in Spanaway, Washington, allegedly posed as a newborn photographer along with her 16-year-old daughter and drugged a mother in an attempt to steal her infant, police said.
Authorities began investigating after a woman called 911 on Feb. 5, and said that she suddenly began feeling numbness, drowsiness and was vomiting. And also said that she believed she had been drugged.
“After seeking further treatment at a hospital, the victim contacted the Sheriff’s Department to file a police report,” Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “The victim told deputies that she believed she was drugged by a woman who had come to her house posing as a photographer. 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 suspect visited the woman’s home three times, according to police.
“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,” Troyer said. “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 suspect noticed that the suspect had stolen her house keys.”
Since then, officers donated and installed new locks and window guards in her home as well as volunteered to install them at her home, the department said.
The suspect and her daughter were arrested on Friday, Feb. 14. They are expected to have a bail hearing Tuesday, Feb, 18, KIRO 7 News reported.
The woman was planning to steal a newborn baby to raise as her own, investigators said. They also believe there may be other victims who have not come forward.
The sheriff’s office are asking anyone who was contacted by a woman who posed as a photographer and went by the names Juliette Parker, Juliette Noel or Juliette Gains to contact them at 253-798-7724.