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Former Kingsport woman cleared of custodial interference

March 26th, 2012 10:51 am by Kacie Breeding

A former Kingsport woman has been cleared of charges alleging she kept her daughters from their father for nine months.

In February of 2011, Rejeania S. Dingus, aka Rejeania Ray Schoenherr, 33, was located in Faribault, Minn., and arrested on two counts of custodial interference. Those charges were dismissed Thursday in Sullivan County Criminal Court.

According to Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney William Harper, the charges were dismissed after evidence was presented that the woman had not "withheld" the girls from their father.

Dingus' attorney, Charles Harrison, declined to specify what the evidence was, citing that it was not described in court, but had been shared in private meetings with Harper.

According to an affidavit Kingsport Police filed on August 11, 2010, Chadwick Dingus told police his ex-wife had taken their daughters, then nine and 11, to California in April. He said she refused to bring them back and told him she had already enrolled them in school there.

In the affidavit, police state the girls' mother was informed that she was in violation of court orders entitling her ex-husband to weekend and other visits with the girls.

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