Crime

Recognize these babies? Photos found on phone of woman charged in kidnapping plot

A Spanaway woman charged in an elaborate scheme to kidnap a newborn by posing as a baby photographer is out on bail, again.

Juliette Parker, 38, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree assault and attempted second-degree kidnapping and was ordered jailed in lieu of $150,000.

Pierce County prosecutors called her a flight risk and asked for a higher bail since Parker almost immediately posted $50,000 bail after her Feb. 14 arrest.

On Thursday, Parker again made bail and was allowed to go home.

Investigators said they plan to keep an eye on Parker and her 16-year-old daughter, who faces the same charges.

As detectives continue working the case, they’re asking for the public’s help in identifying three babies whose mothers are believed to be witnesses.

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Pierce County Sheriff's Department
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Pierce County Sheriff's Department

Anyone with information is asked to email pcsheriff@co.pierce.wa.us or send the Sheriff’s Department a direct message on Facebook.

Parker allegedly posed as a baby photographer on Facebook groups for new parents and offered to take free portraits of newborn girls as a way to bolster her portfolio.

When she visited the new mothers’ homes, she was spotted taking cell phone selfies with the babies and wiping her fingerprints off things she touched.

On Feb. 5, Parker and her teenage daughter went to the Graham home of Elysia Miller to take pictures of her 5-week-old daughter.

They insisted Miller try two cupcakes and wine they’d brought with them, according to charging papers.

Almost immediately, Miller felt ill, and her face and body went numb.

She asked Parker and her daughter to leave, then noticed her house keys and car keys were missing.

In a text message, Parker claimed she’d found the keys in the yard and had a friend drop them off at Miller’s door, records say.

Miller called 911 and went to the hospital when she became unstable on her feet and could not stop vomiting.

Doctors said it appeared she’d been given GHB, the date rape drug, according to court records.

Since the incident, Miller said she’s lived in fear and sleeps with a knife underneath her pillow. She keeps a machete and pepper spray close by at all times when she’s home or in her car.

Investigators are waiting for toxicology test results to be sure which drug Miller was given, and determine where it came from.

Messages on Parker’s phone included a November 2019 exchange with an ex-boyfriend whom she asked if he could get her GHB, according to charging papers.

In the same conversation, Parker “talked about how they should get a kid from a homeless person and raise the child together in a nice house,” records say.

Detectives believe Parker was planning to kidnap a baby and raise it as her own out of state.

At least a dozen women have come forward since Parker’s arrest and told detectives stories about their own message exchanges or visits with Parker.

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Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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