Jury trial set for Rhiannon White, mother from fatal Sioux Falls fire
Rhiannon White, the mother who lost three children in a house fire, has pleaded not guilty to drug charges and abuse charges.
White lost her children to a house fire on December 22. Michael Hensley, 16, Savannah Coon, 13, and Alivia Coon, 6, were found dead in second floor bedrooms of the home. In January, after an investigation police charged White with two counts of possession of drugs. In March, she was charged with six counts of abuse or neglect of a minor.
White appeared in court Tuesday after she was arrested in Sibley, IA for skipping her arraignment hearing that was scheduled for last Thursday.
White was arraigned on two charges for possessing drugs, because a toxicology report showed she had meth and ecstasy in her system at the approximate time of the fire. She was also charged with six counts of abuse or neglect to a minor.
White pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The defense said White skipped her arraignment hearing last Thursday because she thought the hearing was actually on Friday. The court claimed it sent the notice of her updated hearing to White's home. However, the defense said White is no longer living there because she is separated from her husband.
The defense said White's husband called her and also told her the court date was Friday.
The prosecution said someone witnessed White moving her belongings out of her house and into a car with Iowa license plates. The defense argued that White was not fleeing but that she was going to live with a friend because she and her husband separated.
The prosecution argued that A1 Bail Bonds revoked White's bond on March 24 due to concerns that she failed to keep in touch and that she was possibly using drugs.
The judge kept the bond at $30,000 cash. White remains behind bars.
A pretrial is set for June 25 and jury trial is set for July 9.
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