Mother of 3 ordered to stay away from children

ROCKVILLE, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — A Connecticut mother who was arrested at a Maine motel after an Amber Alert was issued for her three missing boys was ordered by a judge Friday to have no contact with her children.

A Rockville Superior Court judge issued the protective orders and lowered Jackie Morris’s court-set bond from $250,000 to $20,000.

“It’s going to be distressing to her to not be able to see her three children,” Morris’s attorney, Joseph Dinardi, said outside the courtroom.

Morris was extradited back to Connecticut on Thursday when Vernon police served the 32-year-old mother with an arrest warrant charging her with three counts each of first-degree custodial interference and risk of injury.

Authorities say Morris failed to return the boys to their father after a weekend visit earlier this month. The father called police, triggering a Silver Alert that was later upgraded to an Amber Alert to include out-of-state law enforcement. The next day, the boys were found safe with their mother at a Bangor motel.

“Her children were living in an environment where there was a significant amount of alcohol use,” Dinardi told the judge Friday. “This is a woman who is trying to extricate herself from a dysfunctional abusive relationship.”

Morris had been in a custody dispute with the father, who lives with the children in Vernon, police said. She is not the custodial parent of the boys.

Morris is due back in court June 24.

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