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June 25, 2013

Police: Indiana woman had 'elaborate plan to abduct baby'

MUNCIE, Ind. — Police are investigating a planned “movie-like” abduction of an infant and the attempted strangulation of the child’s mother.

Judith Ann Walker, 34, is accused of entering a woman’s home under the pretext of performing exterminator duties, then choking her with a cord and attempting to abscond with her 3-week-old infant.

But what authorities find haunting about the attempted abduction is an apparently high level of premeditation by Walker.

“I can’t say much about our investigation right now, but we do know she had an elaborate plan in place to abduct this baby,” said Muncie Police Department Detective Steve Cox, who called the abduction attempt “movie-like.”

Walker was arrested last Friday night and was being held in Delaware County Jail without bond.

The woman was an employee with a pest control company and had visited the home earlier in the month to spray for pill bugs and caterpillars. That’s when she first saw the newborn.

Cox said he believes Walker had been lying to friends and relatives about recently giving birth.

Walker called the victim, and allegedly showed up at the home claiming to be there for a follow-up appointment. According to police records, once inside Walker then grabbed the victim’s phone, wrapped a cord around her neck and pulled it tightly. She then demanded the woman hand over the 3-week-old girl.

The victim eventually fought off the assailant, gathered her child and went to a neighbor’s home.

Cox said it’s possible the suspect wasn’t specifically targeting the victim, which is what makes the case so scary. “She realized this woman had a newborn, and at some point became very fixated on the girl and made a strong attempt to abduct her,” he said.

Details for this story were provided by The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind.

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