Mom who sparked Amber Alert over custody battle speaks out in jail


by Gene Kang

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 6:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The mother who police say took off with her daughter and sparked an Amber Alert this week broke her silence.

She says the child was not in harm’s way.

Jennifer Ansari, 37, was arraigned in court Thursday morning. She surrendered to Louisville Police on Wednesday night.

The mother is now an accused criminal facing a felony charge after she says she was only protecting her young girl from a man who may not even be her father.

"He's caused problems throughout the whole eight years of Sophia's life," said Ansari.

Jennifer Ansari spoke to WHAS 11’s Gene Kang from behind plexi-glass about an ugly custody battle over her young daughter which launched an Amber Alert.

"I think an Amber Alert was a little bit extreme Sophia would never be in danger in my care. I was a substitute teacher for Washington Township as well I had a license for a childcare business as a childcare provider for 13 years," said Ansari.

Just hours earlier, Ansari walked into court in shackles, charged with a felony for interfering in the custody of Sophia Snow, 8.
Fishers Police near Indianapolis believed the girl was in extreme danger after they say Ansari was supposed to hand over her daughter to her ex-boyfriend, Aaron Snow, by court order.

"At that time I got that order and I was a little confused. The order was not certified so it was unknown at that point if it was enforceable," said Ansari.

Ansari says she drove from Indiana to her parents' house in Valley Station where she finally gave up her child.

"I don't know if I'll see my daughter again. My daughter, I don't know how long she's going to be in jail. She knows she's done wrong. He was only trying to protect her child that she loved very much," said Asari’s mother, Wanda Wagner.

The mother claims her ex-boyfriend was a sexual deviant and a danger to her daughter.

"Aaron would threaten my life on an everyday basis when he lived in Fishers," said Ansari.

But Aaron Snow's attorney, Rodney Sarcovics, says these allegations were never proven and that his client is not an unfit guardian.
The fact remains that the court in Hamilton County, Indiana awarded him custody of the little girl.

"What's going on up there is a good ol' boys club and that's the bottom line," said Ansari.
She says she won't rest until her daughter is returned.

"My daughter is the victim in this case my daughter is my main concern. I am strong, I am motivated and I won't stop fighting," said Ansari.

Ansari says she was never married to Snow and that there is no DNA evidence that he is the father.
Police will transport Ansari from Louisville to Hamilton County, Indiana in the next few days.
Her daughter is in Snow’s custody and she believes they’re headed to his home in Florida.

WHAS11's Gene Kang has the exclusive story in the video player above.