Suspect case in child’s kidnapping headed to a grand jury

Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 5:57 AM EST
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GILES Co., Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE December 16, 2021 12:30 p.m.

The case against a woman charged with kidnapping a toddler from a church is set to head to a grand jury. Nancy Fridley appeared in a Giles County courtroom Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Five witnesses testified during the hearing, including the mother of the child. She told the court that after the abduction her son, at times, was like a “wild animal.”

“There was no peace about him,” she told the court.

Other witnesses included two nursery workers from the church, an FBI agent and a Virginia State Police trooper who helped take Fridley into custody.

The defense tried to file a motion to drop the child abuse and neglect charge, arguing the Commonwealth’s Attorney did not provide sufficient evidence to back the charge. The judge denied the motion.

The grand jury will take up the case on January 11.


An accused child abductor will appear in Giles County court Thursday morning.

Nancy Fridley will appear in court for a preliminary hearing. She is accused of abducting a 2-year-old from a church back in May. The child was found safe the next day.

Fridley’s latest hearing comes after the court determined that she is mentally fit enough to withstand a trial.

In October, Giles County Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge found Fridley competent to stand trial for the charges she faces.

When we spoke with Giles County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bobby Lilly, he said Fridley being found competent to stand trial isn’t the same as her being competent at the time of the kidnapping.

Lily says this issue hasn’t been raised by the defense, yet.

Fridley’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:00a.

She has been held without bond since May 2021, facing several charges.

Fridley had no relationship with the boy or the boy’s family.

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