Who are Nancy Fridley and Bobby Taylor? Virginia couple who abducted Noah Trout, 2, from church nursery caught
GILES COUNTY, VIRGINIA: A two-year-old boy, Noah Gabriel Trout, who went missing from church a day ago was found safe on Monday, May 3, around 1.30 pm, according to the Giles County Sheriff's Department. The Amber alert issued for the toddler has since been canceled.
A couple, Nancy Fridley and Bobby Lee Taylor, were arrested and charged with abducting the toddler at around Sunday noon. The state police department had said the boy was "believed to be in extreme danger". Nancy Fridley, who has already been charged with Noah Trout’s abduction, is now joined by her boyfriend Bobby Lee Taylor, WFXR News confirmed.
Who are Nancy Renee Fridley and Bobby Lee Taylor?
Nancy Renee Fridley of Clifton Forge was taken into custody and charged with Noah’s abduction on Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Morgan Millirons said in a press conference according to BDTOnline. The 44-year-old woman is facing charges including abduction and reckless endangerment of a child. "Noah was taken from the nursery at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead by an unidentified female," officials with the Giles County Sheriff's Office said. "The female left with Noah in a dark-colored van or SUV," deputies added.
Fridley's boyfriend, Bobby Lee Taylor, was on Monday arrested and charged with one count of abduction in the toddler’s disappearance, reported WSLS. In an exclusive interview on the scene in Alleghany County where Fridley was arrested, 10 News spoke with Taylor's brother, Dennis Leevess Jr. “Come to find out she went and stole this kid from a church. Man, it’s just ridiculous. I can’t believe she done something like that. I mean, I really can’t,” Leevess said regarding Fridley’s arrest. The duo is being held at Alleghany Regional Jail.
A statement from Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, where Noah Trout was abducted on Sunday, has been released, according to WFXRTV. It reads: "The last twenty-four hours have been a nightmare for our entire church family. It is now that we can rejoice that the child that was kidnapped from our campus yesterday has been safely returned to his parents. We commend law enforcement for their excellent work, and we praise God for answering our prayers."
"Riverview Baptist Church values the safety and protection of every child. As a matter of policy, we fully cooperated with law enforcement. We are immediately examining ways to make our campus and facilities even more safe and secure for families wishing to come worship with us. We hope that this criminal act on our campus allows other churches to evaluate their own childcare safety procedures," the statement read.
"We believe that transparency, child safety, and accountability are essential for successful ministry, and we are fully committed to ministering to your children in a safe and responsible manner. As we do not want to interfere with the ongoing work of law enforcement in this matter, this will be our only public statement at this time," it adds.