MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) - A woman accused of attacking a young mother in an attempt to abduct a three-week-old baby had told family members she had plans to adopt a child.
According to court documents, Judith Walker, 34, recently told her sister of adoption arrangements. Her sister reported to police that Walker had also previously purchased a fake belly to appear pregnant.
The victim of the Friday incident told police that Walker had once mentioned having a four-week-old daughter.
On Friday morning, Walker arrived at a Muncie home she had serviced through Affordable Pest Control. The visit was suggested as follow-up treatment the customer was not expecting.
The customer told police Walker had commented about the beauty of the woman's baby. When the mother sat down with the baby, she reported Walker suddenly wrapped a cord around the homeowner's neck demanding the infant.
The mother escaped from Walker's hold and ran out of the home with the baby. Neither was seriously injured.
Walker fled the scene but was arrested by police in Anderson that evening.
Officers received a tip from Walker's ex-husband, who said he was going to meet Walker Friday evening at an Anderson park. Police arrived and arrested them both.
Police say Walker's ex-husband was wanted on child molestation charges.
Several neighbors with children said the victim approached them after the attack to alert them about what happened. Many in the neighborhood reported being in shock of the event and subsequently more aware of their surroundings.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Walker has been preliminarily charged with attempted murder, burglary, criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, strangulation, and attempted criminal confinement.
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