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Mother at center of Amber Alert speaks to WDRB's Stephan Johnson

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The mother at the center of an Amber Alert is behind bars, and spoke to WDRB's Stephan Johnson.

Jennifer Ansari sparked an Amber Alert when she lost custody of her 8-year-old daughter, Sophia Snow.

In a jailhouse interview, Jennifer Ansari told WDRB's Stephan Johnson why she ignored a court order: "At no time was I running, no time did I abduct the child.  What you have to understand is that I had this child in my possession every day."

Ansari was ordered to turn the child over on Wednesday, but instead left her home in Hamilton County, Indiana and headed to Louisville.  She said, "I didn't know I was the subject of an Amber Alert until -- I want to say, yesterday morning."

Ansari was arrested at a family member's home on Hi-View Lane in the south end on Wednesday evening.

"Sophia has been with me since birth," she said.  "I am her parent. I feel like I am her only parent until he wants to, out of convenience, play dad."

But a Hamilton County, Indiana judge recently signed an order granting Sophia's father custody, to which she says, "I noticed the order wasn't certified.  I did a little research and I felt that something didn't seem right."

This is not the first time this has happened to Ansari.  The mother of three has also lost custody of her 11-year-old daughter.  When asked why she has twice lost custody of children, she says, "Corruption is the only word I can sum it up for you."

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by WDRB, Ansari has made numerous threats and ignored court orders.  As for this latest court order and the Amber Alert, she's still somewhat defiant.  She was asked, "At no point did you ever think you were breaking the law when you left with your daughter rather than turn her over to her father?"  She replied, "At no point did I ever feel that I broke the law and I still do not feel that I broke the law."

She says she feels the child's father is abusive and is only desiring custody so he won't have to pay child support.

Ansari's parents supported her in court on Thursday.  They say their daughter ran because she doesn't think Aaron Snow should've been granted custody.  

Wanda Wagner, Ansari's mother, says, "She was scared.  She was scared.  She wanted to protect her child.  She said I'd rather my child go into the care of a foster care parent or anybody, but don't send my child with him."

When Ansari was taken into custody, she says she told her daughter, " would be okay, I told her to stay strong and told her I would talk to her soon."

Ansari is charged with custodial interference.

Jennifer Ansari may be fighting an uphill battle.  That's because in addition to being locked up here at metro corrections and losing custody of her daughter, she also has to find a new attorney.

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