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Woman charged with abducting 2-year-old Giles County boy gave police fake tips, authorities say

Nancy Fridley was denied bond in court Thursday

The woman authorities say abducted a 2-year-old boy in Giles County had bought sippy cups, a bed and children’s clothing prior to the abduction, according to authorities. That’s just one new piece of information learned during her hearing on Thursday.
The woman authorities say abducted a 2-year-old boy in Giles County had bought sippy cups, a bed and children’s clothing prior to the abduction, according to authorities. That’s just one new piece of information learned during her hearing on Thursday.

GILES COUNTY, Va. – The woman authorities say abducted a 2-year-old boy in Giles County had bought sippy cups, a bed and children’s clothing prior to the abduction, according to authorities. That’s just one new piece of information learned during her hearing on Thursday.

Nancy Fridley is charged in connection with the abduction of the boy from a church in Giles County earlier this month, which triggered an Amber Alert.

While we previously knew that authorities believed she scoped out other churches in the area, during Thursday’s hearing authorities said that she gave a false name at the churches and claimed at each church that she was there to pick up a child.

Authorities also said they have evidence that she was casing churches in both March and April.

Below is the video 10 News exclusively captured as law enforcement arrested Fridley:

44-year-old Nancy Renee Fridley, of Clifton Forge, has been arrested and charged with one count of abduction and one count of felony child endangerment in connection with the abduction of 2-year-old Noah Trout in Giles County.
44-year-old Nancy Renee Fridley, of Clifton Forge, has been arrested and charged with one count of abduction and one count of felony child endangerment in connection with the abduction of 2-year-old Noah Trout in Giles County.

After the kidnapping, authorities said she took the boy to her home in Alleghany County.

As authorities searched for the boy, she actively provided fake tips to them in an attempt to throw them off her track, according to law enforcement.

Authorities also stated that within 24 hours of taking the boy, she was telling her boyfriend and her neighbors that his name was “Bobby Jr.”

Giles County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Lilly Jr. argued that if granted bond she would pose a risk to children everywhere.

The judge chose to deny her request for bond.

Prior to her preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for August 16, the judge ordered a competency evaluation for Fridley.

Fridley’s preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 16.

In addition to arresting Fridley, authorities also arrested her boyfriend, Bobby Lee Taylor.

Bobby Lee Taylor (Alleghany County Sheriff's Office)

About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.