Police have charged a woman and her boyfriend with abduction after she allegedly stole a two-year-old boy from a nursery at a Virginia church on Sunday.
Noah Gabriel Trout was found safe on Monday afternoon around 1.30pm, according to the Giles County Sheriff’s Department.
He was found at the home of Nancy Fridley, about 75 miles away from the Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead.
Police said Fridley, 44, has been charged with abducting Noah, who has since been reunited with his family.
Authorities have also charged her boyfriend, Bobby Lee Taylor, with one count of abduction. Both Fridley and Taylor are currently being held in the Alleghany Regional Jail.
Police have charged Nancy Fridley (left), 44, and her boyfriend, Bobby Lee Taylor (right), with abduction after she allegedly stole a two-year-old boy from a nursery at a Virginia church on Sunday
Noah Gabriel Trout (pictured) was found safe on Monday afternoon around 1.30pm, according to the Giles County Sheriff’s Department. He was found at Fridley’s home, about 75 miles away from the Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead
It’s unclear if Fridley is known to Noah or his family, and authorities have not released a motive for the alleged abduction.
During a press conference, Giles County Sheriff’s department said investigators tracked a person of interest to a home in Clifton Forge, Virginia.
After conducting surveillance 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 seen being led away from the nursery at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, which is near the border of West Virginia, by a woman.
Deputies and the Virginia State Police issued the Amber Alert for Noah at 7pm. Sunday, believing the boy to be in ‘extreme danger’.
An image taken from surveillance footage shows Noah being led out of the church building by an unknown woman.
And while Fridley’s boyfriend has been charged, it’s unclear if he was at the church at the time of the alleged kidnapping.
Taylor’s brother, Dennis Leevess Jr, told 10 News: ‘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.’
The FBI has released a photo of Noah Gabriel Trout being led from the church by the woman. She is described as wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, black beanie and black tennis shoes
The nursery of the Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, which is near the border of West Virginia, is where Noah Gabriel Trout was abducted
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 mindful. Even though Noah has been recovered, the investigation is still ongoing,’ Millirons said.
‘And we need to be careful of information that is released so we do not jeopardize the prosecution of this case,’ he added.
In a statement to WAVY 10 on Monday, Riverview officials said they fully cooperated with law enforcement.
The church said they have also started ‘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.
‘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,’ the statement reads.