Person Of Interest In Texas Polygamy Raid No-Show In Court, Arrest

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Castle Rock, Colo. (AP) A woman considered a person of interest in an investigation of phone calls that may have sparked a raid on a Texas polygamist group appeared in a Colorado courtroom today, a day after she was supposed to appear in a separate case.

The lawyer for Rozita Swinton of Colorado Springs says the no-show on the charge of violating probation was because of a misunderstanding and Swinton didn't realize she had to appear.

Officials say the judge quashed an arrest warrant that was issued after Swinton failed to appear at the hearing yesterday.

She's due in Douglas county district court again August 6th.

Swinton is accused of violating her probation stemming from her 2007 guilty plea for telling police she was a 16-year-old girl who was suicidal after giving birth. The 33-year-old faces jail time if found guilty of violating probation.

Authorities have linked her to a phone number used to call a Texas crisis center that may have led to the raid where more than 460 children were removed from a polygamist compound in Eldorado, Texas. A spokeswoman for the Texas rangers says Swinton is being investigated in that case but declines to elaborate.

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