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Cartoonist ‘murder plot’ woman is mentally troubled, says her mother

An American woman who was held in Ireland in connection with an alleged murder plot announced she had converted to Islam and told her family they'd go to hell if they didn't follow in her steps, her mother said.

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez (31) also began talking about jihad with her Muslim stepfather and spent most of her time online as she withdrew from her family, Christine Mott said.

Last year, on September 11, Ms Paulin-Ramirez left Leadville, Colorado. She took her six-year-old son with her, her mother said.

A US official, who was not authorised to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Ms Paulin-Ramirez was detained in Ireland in connection with an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended many Muslims.

Irish police said later they had released without charge an American woman and three others arrested in Ireland over an alleged plot to assassinate the cartoonist, Lars Vilks. Three men remained in custody.

Mrs Mott (59) described her daughter as a mentally troubled woman who may have spiralled into the depths of Islamic extremism.

Mrs Mott said she learned of her daughter's arrest in the case from the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies.

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Ms Paulin-Ramirez told her family after she left in September that she went to Ireland with her six-year-old son and married an Algerian whom she met online, Mrs Mott said.

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