She claimed to have washed down the allegedly poisoned cupcake with a glass of wine.
But it wasn’t until Washington mother Elysia Miller took a bite of the second pastry that her “lips and face got numb,” court documents say. In a newly released 911 call, Miller said she “instantly” felt the effects of the alleged drugs in the cupcake begin to take hold.
"I'm telling you something is wrong with me, I don't feel good," Miller whimpered in a recorded call with a 911 dispatcher, according to local station WALB. "I'm super spacey like it's hard to talk. And like my hands and my feet, and my arms are super numb. I feel like my breathing is jacked up, too."
Miller was allegedly drugged in her own home by a stranger she had met on Facebook and who was posing as a baby photographer, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office now say the 38-year-old photographer, Juliette Parker, and her 16-year-old daughter are accused of tricking Miller into ingesting a poisoned cupcake as part of a twisted rouse to kidnap the woman’s newborn child.
At first, Miller and her boyfriend suspected it might be an allergic reaction.
“I don’t know if this was an allergic reaction or they drugged me with something,” Miller said on the phone call. “I was fine and then I ate a cupcake. I ate one and I was fine. I ate another one and my face instantly started going numb."
She claimed to have vomited five times after ingesting the cupcake.
“My girlfriend, she’s sick,” the woman’s partner told dispatchers. “She’s been puking.”
Since the alleged abduction attempt, Miller has been traumatized. Earlier this week, she told reporters about how she now sleeps with a knife under her pillow.
"Since this happened, I am terrified to be at my house,” Miller said at a press conference this week, ABC News reported. “I don't go anywhere. I don't like being at home. I'm not sleeping. I'm not eating.”
Miller was rushed to the hospital after the alarming incident on Feb. 7. Authorities subsequently opened an investigation into Parker, who they allege was actively presenting herself as a photographer to a number of expecting and new mothers online in an attempt to kidnap a newborn for herself
“Detectives determined that the defendant posted ads offering free photo shoots with women at least 37 weeks pregnant or with an infant no more than one week old,” according to the affidavit. “Detectives established that the defendant would be contacted over social media and arrange visits with women.”
Parker, who police said goes by multiple aliases, may have been hatching a plan to abduct a baby for months. Prior to allegedly poisoning Miller, Parker supposedly pressured her boyfriend into helping her carry out a possible kidnapping. Parker said she would “marry him on the spot” if the man found her a baby girl in five weeks, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“[Parker] talked about how they should get a kid from a homeless person and raise the child together in a nice house," the probable cause affidavit stated.
When the man joked about kidnapping a child, Parker allegedly responded, “[Only] as a last resort,” according to the affidavit.
The 38-year-old woman also allegedly asked her boyfriend if he could acquire a drug commonly used in date rapes.
Adding to the peculiar nature of the case is Parker’s political background. The 38-year-old non-profit worker ran for mayor in Colorado’s second-largest city just last year, Colorado Springs, KRCC reported. Although she was handily beat by the mayoral incumbent to the tune of nearly 60,000 votes, she emerged as the race’s runner-up and tallied more votes than a number of other candidates. During her campaign, Parker advocated for the city’s homeless population, according to her Facebook profile.
Parker has been charged with assault and attempted kidnapping. She has since posted her $50,000 bond and has been released from custody ahead of her trial, court records show. She has pleaded not guilty.
Her legal counsel previously dismissed the allegations, calling the prosecution’s case “a lot of smoke.”
"She is maintaining her innocence and she intends to fight these charges to the best of her ability," Ephraim Benjamin stated in court on Tuesday, ABC News reported.
Benjamin wasn’t immediately available for comment on Thursday.
Parker, who has roots in both Colorado and Washington, also has a 10-year-old son, authorities added.
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