'Amber Alert' mom released from custody to await trial

Jennifer Ansari will stay at parents' Ky. home

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - The mom at the center of the Fishers Amber Alert will await trial at her parents' house in Kentucky after being released Thursday.

Jennifer Ansari is facing up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine after reportedly taking her 8-year-old daughter, Sophia, from Fishers to Kentucky after receiving word that she was losing custody to her ex-husband.

In an agreement reached Thursday, Ansari's bond was reduced from $500,000 to $15,000, and arrangements were made for her to live at her parents' Louisville home.

As part of the agreement, Ansari will not be permitted to go outside Jefferson County, Ky., or Clark County, Ind., and she will also have a mental health assessment.

Negotiations are still underway to decide whether or not the case will go to trial. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Oct. 29 in Noblesville.

Ansari's attorney, Matthew Lemme, said the agreement is satisfactory, even though the $15,000 bond is five times higher the usual amount for a Hamilton County class D felony.

"It gave Jennifer an opportunity to prove to the court and to prove to the State of Indiana she's not a risk of flight," Lemme said. "She's going to comply with court orders. She was willing to meet conditions that they wanted, to show that she would do that. To that extent, we're satisfied."

Deputy Prosecutor Amy Summerfield reiterated the importance of the bond to ensuring Ansari comes back to court.

"We think this offers Ms. Ansari an opportunity to get some treatment, as well as it gives us the ability to ensure her return into court, which is what we're most concerned about," Summerfield said. "We think having a bond is important to ensure compliance with the court order and her appearance in court."
 

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