Mother to fight extradition back to Connecticut

This undated state identification photo released by the Vernon, Conn., Police Department shows Jackie Morris, being sought Tuesday, May 12, 2014, with her sons Ryan, Dylan and Brandan Lewis, subjects of a multi-state Amber Alert. Court records indicate Morris and the children’s father were involved in a child custody case. Police say Morris didn’t have custody of the children. (AP Photo/Vernon Police Department)

Update at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday with video

“They were very happy, the kids were talking amongst themselves,” said Hina Rauf of the Quality Inn in Vernon, which was where Jackie Morris spent the weekend with her three kids before triggering an Amber Alert when she didn’t return the children to their father Monday.

“The mom was talking to the children, and they were very sweet children, very sweet family,” Rauf said.

Click play on the video above to hear more.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Connecticut mother who was arrested at a Maine motel after an Amber Alert was issued for her three missing boys has been ordered held without bail.

Authorities say the boys — 7-year-old twins and a 9-year-old — who live with their father in Vernon, Connecticut, were found safe with their mother on Tuesday in Bangor.

Their father called police Monday night after 32-year-old Jackie Morris failed to return the children from a weekend visit.

(RELATED: Vernon children, mother found in Maine)

Morris was arrested on a fugitive from justice charge in Maine. She faces custodial interference and risk of injury to a minor charges in Connecticut.

The Portland Press Herald reports that she said in court Wednesday that she plans to fight extradition to Connecticut. Her lawyer says Morris views the charges as “a misunderstanding.”

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