Vernon Amber Alert Mom Pleads Not Guilty to Violating Protective Orders

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    Pleads not guilty to violation of protective orders (Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014)

    The mother of three boys from Vernon who were at the center of an Amber Alert in May pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to new charges after police said she violated a protective order that prevented her from seeing her sons.

    Jackie Morris, 32, appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges including three counts of violating a protective order and stalking after police were called to a home on Talcotville Road on Thursday.

    Police said Morris tried to find her children there and was waiting outside their apartment in her car when officers arrived.

    According to the warrant, she told officers at the time of her arrest that she wanted to see her children and asked who was going to protect her.

    She did not make contact with the children and they were not harmed, according to police.

    She pleaded not guilty and a court date of August 13 was set.

    Morris was the subject of a region-wide Amber Alert issued May 13 after driving up to Maine with her children, 9-year-old Ryan Lewis and 7-year-old twins Brandon and Dylan Lewis, instead of returning them to their father after a weekend visit.

    She will be evaluated for her mental competency to stand trial.