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Virginia woman accused of abducting 2-year-old from church

An AMBER Alert was issued for Noah Trout on May 2.
Credit: Virginia State Police
2-year-old Noah Gabriel Trout

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Authorities in Virginia have accused a woman of abducting a 2-year-old from a church, and say she tried to mislead investigators by giving them false tips.

The Roanoke Times reports Nancy Renee Fridley is charged in Giles County with abduction and child abuse or neglect. She also faces a methamphetamine charge in Alleghany County, where Noah Gabriel Trout was located by Virginia State Police and the FBI. 

Noah Trout was reported missing on May 2. An AMBER Alert was issued and the boy was eventually safely located the next day.

According to investigators, Fridley was sending the fake tips to them with the intent of directing the search for the child into Tennessee instead of into Alleghany County in Virginia.

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