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Associated Press , Published October 16 2013

Woman arrested in Hettinger, N.D., charged with parenting interference

MISSOULA, Mont. — A former Missoula woman was charged with parenting interference after prosecutors say she kept her daughter from the girl's dying father for more than a year.

Viola Renee Prazma, 51, appeared in Missoula County Justice Court Tuesday after being extradited from Hettinger, N.D., where she was arrested. She was returned to Missoula last week.

Acting Justice of the Peace Mike Frellick continued the $10,000 bail listed on her warrant and agreed to a request from prosecutors that Prazma not be allowed to contact her now 5-year-old daughter, her ex-husband or his wife if she is released.

"I certainly have some concerns that she might want to try to do this again," Deputy Missoula County Attorney Suzy Boylan said in requesting the restriction.

Court records say in late March 2012, Stanley Prazma told his ex-wife that he had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and had between two and five years to live.

Soon after, Prazma said his ex-wife told him she was taking their daughter to Billings for two weeks, but court records say she moved away.

At one point, Viola Prazma told her ex-husband that he would never see their daughter again and that she "would not remember her father," charging documents said.

The girl was born in July 2008, after the Prazmas had divorced. Stanley Prazma told authorities the two maintained a cordial relationship and had joint custody of their daughter until he told her about his diagnosis.

Stanley Prazma obtained a court order in April 2012 granting him parenting time on a two-week schedule.

The charges allege Viola Prazma interfered with Stanley Prazma's parenting of his daughter between April 2012 and July 2013, when a warrant was issued for her arrest.


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