'Cradle Did Fall': Who is Juliette Parker on whom Lifetime thriller is based?

Starring Kirsten Robek and Ali Liebert, the flick is based on the true story of an ingenious kidnapper from Washington with a plan to nab babies


                            'Cradle Did Fall': Who is Juliette Parker on whom Lifetime thriller is based?
Ali Liebert, Kirsten Robek in 'Cradle Did Fall' (Ali/ Kirsten/ Instagram)

'Cradle Did Fall’ is the latest entrant in the list of Lifetime’s thrillers and part of the network’s ‘Summer of Secrets’ series. The flick is reportedly based on a true story. Former mayoral candidate, Juliette Parker, made headlines last year February in 2020 for her foolproof plan to kidnap toddlers in Pierce County. She allegedly offered to click free photographs of babies under the pretext of building her portfolio, but the actual intent was to nab the children.

'Cradle Did Fall' aside, Lifetime's June 2021 summer roster includes an impressive line up of true crime titles: 'Picture Perfect Lies', 'A Party Gone Wrong', 'The Secrets She Keeps', 'Gone Mom', 'Soccer Mom Madam', 'Left For Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story', 'Secrets Of A Gold Digger Killer', 'Secrets Of A Marine’s Wife', and 'Doomsday Mom'

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Who is Juliette Parker?

Parker was a Washington resident and even ran for the post of the Colorado Springs mayor in 2019. That said, she did not have a criminal profile. Parker took to Facebook to announce her grand scheme of nabbing kids with the photoshoot alibi and even had a detailed description of her services.



 


In addition to laying out her criteria of clicking pictures of babies aged less than 14 days or mothers pregnant for more than 37 weeks, she also added she would be driving to their houses to take the pictures.

One of her unsuspecting victims was Elysia Miller. The mother of a newborn child fell into Parker’s trap. There were a total of three visits by the kidnapper. Reports also say that Miller was offered a poisoned cupcake, while Parker started clicking images of the baby. Soon after eating the cupcake, Miller started feeling drowsy and sick. 

Ali Liebert and Kirsten Robek in 'Cradle Did Fall' (Lifetime)

Alarmed, the mother asked Parker and her teenage daughter (also present for the shoot) to leave, and they did so by meticulously covering their tracks. The duo erased all traces of their fingerprints and also managed to steal Miller’s keys.

Court records indicate that Miller was issued GHB, a date rape drug. That said, the movie adds a spin by showing a successful nabbing. Reports about the real incident say Miller never lost her baby. ‘Cradle Did Fall’ stars Kirsten Robek (‘Supernatural’) as Parker and Ali Liebert (‘Legends of Tomorrow’) as Miller.

The movie premieres on June 20 on Lifetime. For more information, check your local listings.

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