A Stratford woman was formally charged with first-degree custodial interference for taking her 81-year-old mother from Milford to Florida in violation of a probate court order, police said.
Jeryl Gray, 56, was arraigned Friday in Milford Superior Court and held on $75,000 bond. She had been picked up on a Milford police-issued warrant in Florida on July 20. Her mother, Dolores, who was missing for more than three weeks, was found safe with her daughter. Milford police had issued a Silver Alert for Dolores.
Dolores Gray was taken into protective custody by Florida officials and transported back to Connecticut by her family.
[Jeryl] Gray has been involved in a lengthy dispute with her two brothers over the care and custody of her mother, who suffers from dementia, police said.
In December, the Milford/Orange Probate Court issued an order that Dolores Gray not be taken from the state of Connecticut and granted conservatorship to Dolores' son, who lives in Milford.
Police said that after a court-authorized visitation on July 3, Gray took her mother to West Palm Beach, Fla.
In a May hearing, Dolores Gray told the judge she is "tired of all the family stuff," and would like to stay in contact with all three of her children, as well as her only grandchild, who lives in Milford.
"This wouldn't be happening if their father was alive," Dolores Gray said, according to a Probate Court transcript. "I'm retired and I'd like to go back and forth between Milford and Florida, but I'm fed up with all this fighting going on."
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Stratford Woman Formally Charged for Violating Court Order by Taking Mother to Florida