An Independence woman who sparked an Amber Alert after she allegedly fled the state with her four children now faces additional felony charges.

An Independence woman who sparked an Amber Alert after she allegedly fled the state with her four children now faces additional felony charges.

Shirley A. Riggs has been indicted by a Jackson County grand jury with four counts of interference with custody. Prosecutors already had charged Riggs with four counts on the same charges last year.

In September, Riggs allegedly took off with the four kids a day before a custody hearing to decide who got the children.

She was captured two weeks later in Washington after a motel employee recognized her from a national television news report. The children were found safe.

The new charges will be a separate criminal case from the 2007 charges and will be heard in Jackson County Court’s division 33.

The children, ages 7, 10, 12, and 15 were taken into protective custody.