The mother of a Colorado nursing student who fled to Europe to join a terrorist murder cell described her daughter as an "insecure" person who "had no idea what she was getting herself into."
Christine Mott said Monday that her 31-year-old daughter, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, adopted radical Islamic views before leaving her home in Leadville, Colo., last September for Ireland, where she allegedly joined a small group of radical Islamists planning to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist.
Paulin-Ramirez was arrested last week in a series of raids in Ireland for allegedly plotting with the group to claim a $100,000 Al Qaeda bounty by killing the Swedish cartoonist who drew the prophet Mohammed as a dog.
Mott said Paulin-Ramirez, who fled the country with her six-year-old son, was "lonely and wanted to get someone to love her."
"Jamie is not an evil person," Mott said in an interview Monday with Fox News. "She was sucked into something that she had no idea what she was getting herself into."
Mott blamed her daughter's Algerian husband for her alleged involvement in the plot, saying the man embraced radical views that did not represent Islam.
She also said her six-year-old grandson, whom she nicknamed "Baby Huey," was brainwashed by the man and that her daughter "must have gone along with it."
"He told me he hated christians and that all christians needed to be punished," Mott said of her six-year-old grandson.
The New York Post contributed to this story.