Fishers 'Amber Alert' mom enters not guily plea

Jennifer Ansari held on $500,000 bond

INDIANAPOLIS - The mom at the center of the Fishers Amber Alert is back in central Indiana, but still behind bars.

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.

Ansari made her plea by video link from the Hamilton County Jail Friday, and she now might have something else to explain besides taking her daughter.

RTV6 has obtained a report from the Fishers Police Department describing an incident at the Ansari home following the news of the custody decision. 

Ansari's current husband, Suhail Ansari, told police that his wife began throwing things around the apartment, causing damage, and that she said, "If I had a gun, I would shoot everyone in my family."

But attorney Matthew Lemme says her intention was only to care for her daughter, and there was never a question of Ansari trying to take Sophia away where she couldn't be found.

"Jennifer went to her mother's house. That's where Jennifer said she would go, that's where television stations like yours reported she would be, and that's where she was," Lemme said. "She's trying to take care of her children. That's what she wants to do, and we want to get her home to take care of her children as soon as we can."

Ansari is currently being held on $500,000 bond. Lemme asked that it be reduced and said she is not a flight risk, but the magistrate David Najjar told him that was not under his jurisdiction.
 

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