- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming woman who lost custody of her granddaughter this summer due to drug charges is now charged with custodial interference after police said she took the 7-year-old girl from her elementary school playground in Casper.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen set bail at $50,000 for Viana Jones, 59, of Edgerton. She had been court-ordered not to have contact with her granddaughter except during supervised visits after pleading guilty to marijuana possession. Charges of methamphetamine possession and child endangerment with methamphetamine were dismissed. She was sentenced in October to a year in jail with all but 10 days suspended and is still on probation.

The girl, who was in the custody of other family members, was the subject of an Amber Alert on Monday after fellow students told school officials that the girl had left with her grandmother.

Authorities tracked Jones’ location by pinging her cellphone. A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper stopped her car on Interstate 90 about 11 miles west of Sundance. Court records say Jones was wearing a wig and had packed her car with clothing and child’s clothing and toys.

After Jones was arrested, the girl was placed in the custody of the Department of Family Services until family members could pick her up.



Jones did not enter a plea during Tuesday’s court hearing, but did apologize.

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