Viana Jones Sentenced For Custodial Inference Case That Triggered Amber Alert
An Edgerton woman will be spending time behind bars after admitting she took her grand-daughter from a Casper school, which triggered an Amber Alert.
Viana Jones was sentenced to one-and-one-half to two-and-one-half years at the Wyoming Women's Center in Lusk, after she pleaded guilty to one charge of custodial inference.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in October 2014, the principal of North Casper Elementary School told them that a seven year old girl was not seen with her classmates when morning recess ended.
Several students said they saw her leave with Jones, who had legal custody of the child, until she was arrested on drug charges earlier in 2014.
The child was then placed under the care of another family member, by the Department of Family Services.
Jones was court ordered not to have contact with her, except for once a week supervised visitation.
An Amber Alert was issued, and Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers eventually found Jones on Interstate 90, about 30 miles from the South Dakota state line.
When she was stopped, she was wearing a wig and her car was packed with clothing, children's clothing and toys
In June 2014, Jones was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance marijuana, possession of a controlled substance meth, and child endangerment with methamphetamine.
She pleaded guilty to the marijuana possession charge, and the other two charges were dropped.
In mid-October, she was sentenced to one year in jail with all but 10 days suspended, and given one year of probation.