Chadron Amber Alert defendant enters plea
One of the two people accused of forcibly taking a 13-month old Chadron girl from her home in June in a custody dispute, triggering an Amber Alert, has pleaded guilty to amended charges while the other has been bound over to stand trial in Dawes County District Court.
Aimy Dixon, the girl's aunt, waived her preliminary hearing in county court Wednesday on one count of False Imprisonment and is scheduled to be arraigned in district court on October 15.
Jesse Morrison pled guilty yesterday to a pair of misdomeanors...2nd-degree False Imprisonment and Criminal Mischief...and was fined $500 by Judge Russ Harford and was given a total of 30 days in jail.
Morrison had spent 23 days in custody following his arrest near Hot Springs, SD, on August 7, so he was released on time-served under the state's "good time" rules.
Dixon, who claimed she'd been grant custody of her niece last spring, and Morrison broke into the toddler's home on June 21 , scuffled with two adults at the home, switched cars at Dixon's home, and fled to South Dakota. A few hours later, Dixon told authorities she'd arranged for the girl to be returned. The toddler was recovered unharmed a few hours later near Hot Springs when authorities stopped another couple that was bringing her back to Chadron.
Dixon and Morrison remained at large until her arrest August 2nd and his 5 days later...both near Hot Springs.
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