Nancy Fridley, 44, was arrested on May 4 and charged with taking Noah Gabriel Trout from Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, Virginia, the day before
A woman accused of kidnapping a two-year-old boy from a daycare center probably planned to kidnap another child in the days after, authorities say.
Nancy Fridley, 44, was arrested on May 4 and charged with kidnapping Noah Gabriel Trout from Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, Virginia, the day before.
Noah was found safe – and with a freshly shaved head – less than 24 hours later in Fridley’s mobile home 75 miles from the church in Clifton Forge before being reunited with his mother.
Fridley appeared in court last week, where prosecutors revealed she was suspected of chasing other children, including a smaller child after Noah.
“She planned to have not one, but several children,” Giles County Commonwealth attorney Bobby Lilly told the Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Lilly said police found a onesie in Fridley’s trailer that was too small for Noah, along with a supply of sippy cups and small cots for children.
The Giles County Sheriff’s Office had previously said Fridley had allegedly been seen outside two other churches in nearby Narrows — New Valley Fellowship Church and Mountain View Ministries — in the weeks before the kidnapping and on the day Noah went missing.
Noah Gabriel Trout was found safe in Clifton Forge on May 4, a day after he went missing. His head was shaved by the suspects, police said. He is pictured again with his mother
Last Thursday, prosecutors in court said Fridley stopped by one of the churches on May 3 and told staff she wanted to pick up her son “Larry” because he was ill.
She was rejected because there was no child with that name, according to… The Roanoke Times.
Fridley pulled the same stunt at a church across the street, but was turned away again.
Finally, on May 4, Fridley went to Riverview Baptist Church, where she spoke to daycare centers and pointed out Noah and said she was there to pick him up.
A CCTV footage showed Noah being led out of the church building by a woman later identified as Fridley. Police said it appeared as if she attacked the boy randomly.
She was driving a 2007 charcoal Chevy Trailblazer with a “BOOBER” decal on the windshield when she kidnapped Noah, police said in a statement.
A CCTV footage showed Noah being led out of the church building by a woman later identified as Fridley
An Amber Alert was issued for Noah about 7 p.m. that evening before investigators tracked an interesting individual to Fridley’s home in Clifton Forge, where they discovered the boy.
During her time with Noah, Fridley showed him to her neighbors and introduced him as “Bobby Jr,” claiming he was the son of her boyfriend Bobby Lee Taylor.
She also told neighbors that she was preparing to get custody of her two boys, one aged two and one younger, which prosecutors say may have set the stage for a second kidnapping.
Fridley’s boyfriend, Bobby Lee Taylor, 42, was also charged with one count of kidnapping
Taylor, 42, was also arrested and charged with one count of kidnapping.
Investigators later learned that Fridley allegedly sent false tips to the police in an attempt to have them search further south in Tennessee rather than north where she lived.
Although Noah “appeared to be fine,” he was taken to a local hospital for examination.
Fridley was found to be in possession of methamphetamine at the time of her arrest.
In court last week, Fridley testified that she experienced psychological problems, including depression, during her last month in prison.
She also said she would live with one of her many relatives in Craig County if a judge released her before trial.
But the judge ultimately refused bail and ordered that Fridley be held in custody at least until her preliminary hearing on June 25.
“I can’t think of anything at this point that would guarantee the safety of the public,” Judge Robert Viar said in his ruling.
Prosecutors said drinking cups and cots were found in Fridley’s caravan. Police are pictured outside the trailer on the day Noah was found there
Fridley allegedly brought Noah (pictured) to meet her neighbors after he shaved his head
Meanwhile, officials at Riverview Baptist Church, where Noah was kidnapped, vowed to “explore ways to make our campus and facilities even safer for families who want to come and worship with us” in a statement to WAVY 10 last month.
“We hope this criminal act on our campus will enable other churches to evaluate their own childcare safety procedures,” the statement said.
“We believe that transparency, child safety and accountability are essential to successful ministry, and we are fully committed to assisting your children in a safe and responsible manner.”
Officials from Riverview Baptist Church (pictured), where Noah was kidnapped, have vowed to investigate ways to make our campus and facilities even safer.