LMPD: Mom arrested, Sophia Snow found safe

Police: Mother took child after losing custody

FISHERS, Ind. - A mom was arrested Wednesday who police said took her 8-year-old daughter from her Fishers home after losing custody of the child to her ex-husband.

Authorities were focusing on Kentucky in their search for Sophia Snow, the subject of an Amber Alert issued late Tuesday.

Officials said Snow is with her mother, Jennifer Ansari, 37. A felony warrant for interference in child custody was issued for her. 

"It doesn't appear at this time that she intends to surrender the child," said Fishers police Officer Tom Weger. "We are working closely with Indiana State Police and Louisville metro police."

Snow was last seen Aug. 30. She is 3 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 50 pounds. 

Police believe Snow and Ansari were in Louisville, Ky., where Ansari's mother lives, on Tuesday.

Snow's grandfather, Raymond Wagner, said an Amber Alert shouldn't have been issued.

"The child is not in any danger. This is the God's truth," Wagner said. "I talked to my daughter yesterday and said, 'Don't tell me where you are, because I'm not lying for the police department.'"

"It doesn't appear at this time that she intends to surrender the child," said Fishers police Officer Tom Weger. "We are working closely with Indiana State Police and Louisville metro police."

Ansari was last seen driving a 2012 burgundy Honda Civic four-door passenger car with Kentucky license plate number 779NZJ.

Bursten said an Amber Alert wasn't issued for four days because the girl's disappearance did not meet alert criteria necessary for an alert until Tuesday.

"Thousands of children are missing in the state of Indiana, the majority of which are runaways," said ISP 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten. "If we used Amber Alert in all of those circumstances, on average we would do an Amber Alert every 43 minutes. I think at some point, the viewing public would become disenchanted with it."

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