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Utah woman who fled state with her 6-year-old son is facing felony charge

(Photo courtesy of Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office) Terran Butler, right, is shown with his mother, Emily Jolley, in this undated photo.

A Utah woman who took her son to Oregon — despite the fact that the boy’s father has full custody of him — has been charged with felony custodial interference.

Emily Jolley, 43, of Murray was charged in 3rd District Court with custodial interference across state lines, a third-degree felony. Oregon resident Bonnie Jackson, 56, is facing the same charge. According to police, Jackson transported Jolley and 6-year-old Terran Butler from Utah to Oregon.

No-bail warrants have been issued for their arrests. However, neither is currently in custody in Oregon. Jolley posted on her Facebook page that she was “released the very next day” after she was arrested on Thursday “due to the warrants being faked!”

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office has begun extradition procedures to return Jolley and Jackson to Utah.

According to charging documents, the boy’s father, Tim Butler, dropped Terran off for a supervised visit with Jolley on Sept. 26. But when he returned, Jolley and the boy were gone. Tim Butler told police that Jolley has referred to Terran as her “property” and “demanded her property be returned to her.”

An Amber Alert was issued, and the boy, Jolley and Jackson were located in Coos County, Ore., five days later. Terran was then reunited with his father.

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