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June 25, 2013

Police: Woman had 'elaborate plan to abduct baby'

Anderson suspect remains in Delaware County jail

MUNCIE — Police on Monday were still investigating an unusual string of events, and apparent lies, which led Friday to a “movie-like” abduction attempt of an infant and the arrest of an Anderson woman.

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

Walker was stopped while driving a car by Anderson police Friday evening, arrested and transported back to Muncie, where she was questioned by detectives. She faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, burglary, strangulation, criminal confinement and battery with a deadly weapon. As of Monday evening, she was being held in Delaware County Jail without bond. No court appearance had been set as of Monday night.

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.”

According to Cox, Walker, an employee with exterminator Affordable Pest Control, first visited the victim’s home in the 5000 block of West Fernwood Way on June 4 for an appointment to spray for pill bugs and caterpillars. While at the home, Walker made unusual comments about being the mother of a newborn, police say.

Cox said he believes Walker had been lying to friends and relatives about recently giving birth and had worn a fake baby belly to strengthen the illusion. Walker told other acquaintances she was close to adopting a baby.

Walker also called the victim on another day, and allegedly showed up at the home on Wednesday claiming to be there for a follow-up appointment.

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