NEW MADRID - A woman arrested in connection with fleeing out of state with her children was arraigned Monday on charges of interfering with custody, a Class D felony.
Rita M. Reeves was arrested in Louisiana on Thursday after deputies from the Parish of Iberia, La., Sheriff's Department, New Madrid County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol located her in New Iberia, La. She waived extradition and was returned to Missouri over the weekend.
During Reeves' arraignment Monday, bond was set at $50,000 on the condition she have no contact with the children's father or his family. Reeves is to return to Division II of New Madrid County Circuit Court for a hearing at 9 a.m. March 14.
The New Madrid County Sheriff's Department received a complaint Feb. 28 from Everett Masterson of Gideon that Reeves had not returned their two boys after a court-ordered visitation. Masterson, who had custody of the two boys, stated he last saw the children on Feb. 25 when Reeves, who lists her residence at O'Fallon, had picked them up. They were to stay with family in Kennett.
Relatives in Kennett stated Reeves had not been seen since Saturday.
The Dunklin County Sheriff's Department and the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department began a co-investigation into incident. During a series of interviews it was discovered Reeves had taken the children to Louisiana.
On Thursday, an investigator with the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department and a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol flew to New Iberia to continue the investigation. Working with the Parish of Iberia Sheriff's Department, Reeves and the children were located and she was taken into custody.
Masterson and his children were reunited Friday in Louisiana.