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Mom sleeps with a knife after baby photographer ‘tried to kidnap her newborn daughter’

A Washington state mother says she now has to sleep with a knife under her pillow after a baby photographer allegedly drugged her with a laced cupcake and tried to kidnap her newborn daughter.  

Elysia Miller told The News Tribune that she doesn’t let her two daughters out of her sight ever since Juliette Parker, a former Colorado mayoral candidate and her 16-year-old daughter, allegedly posed as photographers in an attempt to steal her baby. 

‘I carry a machete, a knife and pepper spray in the house and in my car,’ Miller said on Tuesday. 

The emotional mother spoke to reporters and broke down as she described the incident. 

‘Just because she is behind bars doesn’t mean that I have peace of mind,’ Miller said. 

Washington state mother, Elysia Miller (right) says she now has to sleep with a knife under her pillow after a baby photographer allegedly drugged her and tried to kidnap her newborn daughter

Washington state mother, Elysia Miller (right) says she now has to sleep with a knife under her pillow after a baby photographer allegedly drugged her and tried to kidnap her newborn daughter

The emotional mother spoke to reporters and broke down as she described the incident. 'Just because she is behind bars doesn¿t mean that I have peace of mind,' Miller (pictured) said

The emotional mother spoke to reporters and broke down as she described the incident. ‘Just because she is behind bars doesn’t mean that I have peace of mind,’ Miller (pictured) said

Parker (pictured in court on Tuesday) pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to drugging Miller after authorities say she posed as a photographer in a complex plot to kidnap the woman's newborn baby

Parker (pictured in court on Tuesday) pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to drugging Miller after authorities say she posed as a photographer in a complex plot to kidnap the woman’s newborn baby

The 38-year-old entered her plea to attempted kidnapping and assault in Pierce County Superior Court

New bail of $150,000 was set Tuesday after prosecutors described her as a flight risk and she was booked again into jail

The 38-year-old entered her plea to attempted kidnapping and assault in Pierce County Superior Court. Parker posted $50,000 bail over the weekend and was released. New bail of $150,000 was set after prosecutors described her as a flight risk

Parker pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to drugging Miller after authorities say she posed as a photographer in a complex plot to kidnap the woman’s newborn baby.

The 38-year-old entered her plea to attempted kidnapping and assault in Pierce County Superior Court. 

Parker posted $50,000 bail over the weekend and was released. 

New bail of $150,000 was set Tuesday after prosecutors described her as a flight risk and she was booked again into jail. 

Parker moved to Washington last year after losing a mayoral election in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On Friday, deputies arrested Parker, who lives south of Tacoma, and her 16-year-old daughter. The teen was expected to be arraigned at a juvenile detention center on the same charges.

A release from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department stated that Parker and her daughter were arrested following an extensive investigation. 

Parker connected with mothers through a Facebook group and offered to do free photo shoots of newborns to build her portfolio, according to court documents. 

Miller said she also met Parker through a post in the Facebook group.  

Investigators said at least a dozen women have contacted them with stories of interacting with Parker, who also has gone by the names ‘Juliette Noel’ or ‘Juliette Gaines’.

Parker - who ran for Colorado Springs mayor in 2019 - was charged with multiple felonies after she and the unidentified minor were detained Friday

Juliette Parker

Parker  (left in 2019 and right, in her mugshot) – who ran for Colorado Springs mayor in 2019 – was charged with multiple felonies after she and the unidentified minor were detained Friday

Parker connected with mothers through a Facebook group and offered to do free photo shoots of newborns to build her portfolio, according to court documents. Parker is seen being led away by officers on Tuesday

Parker connected with mothers through a Facebook group and offered to do free photo shoots of newborns to build her portfolio, according to court documents. Parker is seen being led away by officers on Tuesday 

Parker is said to have gone to Miller’s home on three occasions to take photos of her newborn. 

The third visit occurred on February 5 when Parker arrived at Miller’s Spanaway with her daughter. 

Parker’s teenage daughter allegedly gave the victim a cupcake and as soon as she ate the treat, the woman immediately felt drowsy. 

Miller then asked Parker and her daughter to leave, documents said. 

They left but wiped down the drinking glasses they’d used and stole the victim’s house keys, according to court documents. 

When Miller texted Parker to ask if she had the keys, Parker said she’d found the keys in her yard and offered to have them delivered, documents show. 

Miller said she called 911 and requested medical assistance because she was feeling numbness, drowsiness, instability on her feet and she was vomiting. 

She told fire fighters that she believed that she had been drugged, authorities said.  

Investigators said at least a dozen women have contacted them with stories of interacting with Parker, who also has gone by the names 'Juliette Noel' or 'Juliette Gaines'

Investigators said at least a dozen women have contacted them with stories of interacting with Parker, who also has gone by the names ‘Juliette Noel’ or ‘Juliette Gaines’

A victim told deputies that the woman had been at her home on three occasions, drugging her on the third visit and taking the victim's house keys

Deputies paid for the woman to have her locks replaced and window guards installed

Miller told deputies that the woman had been at her home on three occasions, drugging her on the third visit and taking her house keys. Deputies paid for Miller to have her locks replaced and window guards installed

Miller also told deputies that she witnessed Parker taking cell phone selfies with the baby, as well as wiping her fingerprints off items she touched inside the woman’s home. 

Miller urged other parents looking for photographers to have someone with them and to check references, business licenses and reviews.

‘Be very careful and trust your instincts,’ Miller said.

Deputies with the department also donated funds to help purchase new locks and window guards for the victim, volunteering to install them in her home. 

Detectives said they’ve found text messages between Parker and an ex-boyfriend dating back to November, when Parker ‘talked about how they should get a kid from a homeless person and raise the child together in a nice house,’ records said.

The ex-boyfriend joked about kidnapping a baby and Parker said she’d marry him immediately if he could find her a baby girl in the next five weeks, documents said. 

Parker notably ran for Colorado Springs Mayor in 2019, coming in second behind incumbent John Suthers

Parker notably ran for Colorado Springs Mayor in 2019, coming in second behind incumbent John Suthers

Parker received 11.9 per cent of the vote (roughly 11,453 votes)

Parker received 11.9 per cent of the vote (roughly 11,453 votes)

Parker notably ran for Colorado Springs Mayor in 2019, coming in second behind incumbent John Suthers. She received 11.9 per cent of the vote (roughly 11,453 votes).

In 2014, Parker was charged in US District Court with larceny and trespassing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Parker told authorities at the time that she was hiking and unaware that she had been on military property. While on the property, the woman found old ammunition and took it home with her. 

One of the bullets fired spontaneously at her home, prompting police response. 

Parker pleaded guilty to misdemeanor illegal burning and paid a $200 fine, according to the Gazette

Local reporting from when she was running reveals that she has two children. 

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