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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.