Bond denied for accused kidnapper of toddler

Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 6:33 PM EDT
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The woman accused of abducting a Giles County toddler from a church was denied bond in court Thursday. The judge said he denied bond because he couldn’t guarantee the public’s safety if Nancy Fridley were free.

The Giles County Commonwealth’s Attorney says Fridley had intentions to steal other children and scoped out her plan in March and April.

Investigators say there is video evidence of her visiting another church before the day of the crime, and said she had gone from church to church, using different names. The Commonwealth’s Attorney says Fridley bought sippy cups, children’s clothing and beds before the abduction.

The day of the kidnapping, the Commonwealth’s Attorney said she took the boy to her boyfriend, Bobby Lee Taylor, saying he was his child. They shaved his head, changed his clothes and allegedly introduced him to several neighbors as Bobby Jr.

Fridley is accused of misleading police through false tips during the kidnapping.

While the crime was in Giles County, Thursday’s hearing with in Montgomery County because the presiding judge in Giles recused herself. Fridley’s hearing is scheduled to be back in Giles County on August 16. Fridley will also undergo a competency hearing.

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