Charges dropped against Indiana mother at center of Amber Alert

Ansari has maintained innocence for past 8 months

FISHERS, Ind. - Less than a year after she was arrested when she took her daughter across state lines, the charges against a Hamilton County mother were dropped Wednesday.

For eight months, Jennifer Ansari has been working to clear her name. She was facing charges of custodial interference after she took her 8-year-old daughter from Fishers to Kentucky when she found out that she lost custody to her ex-husband.

An Amber Alert was issued, but Ansari and her daughter were found with family members in Louisville the next day.

Ansari has always maintained her innocence and she said she feels vindicated after finding out the criminal charges against her were dropped.

"I knew I was innocent the whole time. That's why I wouldn't take a plea deal," Ansari said. "I have not talked to my daughter or seen my daughter since that day."

Ansari said she did not abduct her daughter. She said she left the state believing she was her legal guardian and that the court order to turn over custody had not been made official yet.

After months of fighting, a judge agreed with her. Now that the charges have been dropped, Ansari said she will try her best to make up for time lost.

"That we pick up where we left off and I think we will. I don't think that um... I think we'll just be grateful for being back, for having the time together again," Ansari said.

Ansari said her days in court are likely not over. She and her ex-husband are still in the middle of a custody dispute over their daughter, who is now 9 years old.

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