Tyndall woman accused of taking granddaughter has charges reduced
TYNDALL — Authorities have reduced charges against a Tyndall woman accused of unlawfully removing her 1-year-old grandchild from a daycare.
Forty-two-year-old Angela Heier initially was charged with first-degree felony kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that prosecutors have dropped the charge and replaced it with two misdemeanors. Heier's due in court July 30 on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct, which together carry a maximum punishment of slightly more than a year behind bars.
Authorities say a baby sitter called authorities May 10 to report a woman had taken a child from a residence in Scotland and driven away at a high speed. Deputies used Heier's cellphone to find her hours later in Volin. The child was returned to the parents.