A Spanaway woman and her teenage daughter are suspected of drugging a woman and posing as photographers in an elaborate plot to kidnap the woman’s newborn baby,
Detectives believe the woman wanted to steal a baby to raise as her own out of state.
On Friday, Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrested the 38-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter at their home in the 4100 block of 220th Street East.
The investigation began Feb. 5 after the victim called 911 and told dispatchers she believed she’d been drugged.
She reported she was vomiting, feeling numbness, drowsiness and unstable on her feet.
After receiving medical treatment at a local hospital, the victim filed a police report claiming the suspect drugged her after posing as a baby photographer.
“She’s terrified but physically she’s okay,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The two women met on a newborn baby Facebook group.
The suspect advertised free baby photos as a way to bolster her portfolio and save new moms money on newborn portraits.
The suspect came to the victim’s home three times to photograph her 5-week-old daughter and was seen taking selfies with the baby and wiping her fingerprints off items she touched, Troyer said.
During the third visit, the suspect and her teenage daughter gave the victim a cupcake.
The victim felt drowsy after eating it and ordered the two to leave her home.
Immediately after the suspect and her daughter left, the victim noticed her house keys were gone.
Deputies bought the victim new locks and window guards and installed them in her home while investigating the attempted kidnapping. A patrol car was also placed outside her house.
Anyone who has interacted with a woman posing as a photographer under the names “Juliette Parker,” “Juliette Noel” or “Juliette Gaines” is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 253-798-7724.