Police have charged a woman and her boyfriend with kidnapping after allegedly stealing a two-year-old boy from a daycare center in a Virginia church on Sunday.
Noah Gabriel Trout was found safe around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the Giles County Sheriff’s Department.
He was found in Nancy Fridley’s home about 75 miles from Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead.
Police said Fridley, 44, has been charged with kidnapping Noah, who has since been reunited with his family.
Authorities have also charged her boyfriend, Bobby Lee Taylor, with one kidnapping. Both Fridley and Taylor are currently being held in Alleghany Regional Jail.
Police have charged Nancy Fridley (left), 44, and her boyfriend, Bobby Lee Taylor (right), with kidnapping after allegedly stealing a two-year-old boy from a daycare center at a Virginia church on Sunday
Noah Gabriel Trout (pictured) was found safe around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the Giles County Sheriff’s Department. It was found in Fridley’s house about 75 miles from Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead
It is unclear whether Fridley is known to Noah or his family, and authorities have not released a motive for the alleged kidnapping.
At a news conference, the Giles County Sheriff’s Department said investigators followed an interesting person to a home in Clifton Forge, Virginia.
After supervising there, they found a boy who matched Noah’s description. Although Noah “seemed fine,” he was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Noah disappeared on Sunday and was last taken away by a woman from the nursery at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, near the West Virginia border.
Delegates and the Virginia State Police issued the Amber Alert for Noah at 7 p.m. Sunday, believing the boy is in ‘extreme danger’.
CCTV footage shows Noah being led out of the meetinghouse by an unknown woman.
And although Fridley’s friend has been charged, it is unclear if he was in church at the time of the alleged kidnapping.
Taylor’s brother, Dennis Leevess Jr., told me 10 News: “I find out she stole this kid from a church. Man, it’s just ridiculous. I can’t believe she did such a thing. I mean, I really can’t. ‘
The FBI released a photo of Noah led from church by the woman who was later identified by police as Fridley
Noah was kidnapped from the Riverview Baptist Church daycare center in Ripplemead, near the West Virginia border
Authorities said Fridley took Noah to her home in Alleghany County (scene pictured)
Giles County Sheriff Morgan Millirons said the investigation is ongoing and declined to answer questions about the incident.
‘I know the community wants answers. Please be aware. Although Noah has been found, the investigation is still ongoing, “Millirons said.
And we have to be careful with information that is released so that we do not jeopardize the prosecution of this case, he added.
In a statement to WAVY 10 on Monday, Riverview officials said they were fully cooperating with law enforcement.
The Church said they have also begun to “explore ways to make our campus and facilities even safer for families who want to come and worship with us.”
“We hope this criminal act on our campus will enable other churches to evaluate their own childcare safety procedures.
“We believe that transparency, child safety and accountability are essential to successful ministry, and we are fully committed to serving your children in a safe and responsible manner,” the statement read.