Police have arrested a photographer in Washington state on charges of attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault after she was alleged to have offered free photoshoots with newborns, drugging their parents, and trying to steal their babies.
As reported by The Daily Beast (3 free articles then paywall), Juliette Parker, who also went by the names Juliette Noel, used Facebook groups to seek out parents of newborns. Offering to shoot for free in order to build her portfolio, it is thought that Parker was attempting to drug parents during the sessions at families’ homes so that she could steal a baby.
Pierce County Sherriff’s Department has since issued a statement announcing the arrest of Parker and her 16-year-old daughter and asking for other potential victims to come forward.
The arrest came after the mother of a five-month-old baby undertook a series of free photoshoots with Parker. During the third photoshoot at the victim’s home, the mother of the infant fell ill after eating a cupcake offered by Parker and her daughter. After experiencing “numbness, drowsiness, instability on her feet” and vomiting, the victim told the pair to leave and contacted emergency services. The suspect is thought to have stolen the victim’s house keys.
Anyone with information should contact Pierce County Sherriff’s Department by calling 253-798-7724.