Local woman charged with witness tampering in child abuse case ordered to ‘avoid all contact’ until end of trial

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    (Fremont County, WY) – The preliminary examination for Fremont County woman Karen Rider, who was recently charged with felony tampering with a witness, was waived today, June 10, at a hearing held before the Honorable Judge Teresa McKee.

    Rider was also released from custody with an unsecured appearance bond set at $20,000, the conditions of which state in part that her travel be restricted to Wyoming, and that she must “avoid all contact with co-defendants, co-conspirators, or potential witnesses until the end of trial.”


    Rider faces this charge in relation to the ongoing child abuse case involving Kandace and Truman Sitting Eagle, who face various charges after it was discovered that a juvenile in their care was being kept from school, locked in his room, deprived of food for long periods of time, and had been physically assaulted on multiple occasions.

    Rider is reported to have coached the juvenile siblings of the victim to not talk to law enforcement, and told them that “they were not going to let her (their mother) out of jail” if they did so.

    Rider was also reportedly recorded having a phone conversation with Kandace, where she stated that she gave one of the juvenile witnesses coffee, prune juice and chips before an interview with investigators, in hopes that he would have to use the bathroom and “make a mess.”

    No further hearing dates have been set for Rider at this time, but Truman is still set to be sentenced on July 9, and the jury trial for Kandace began today, June 10. Kandace’s trial is scheduled to wrap up on Friday, June 14.


    County 10 will provide updates on Rider’s case, which can be viewed here, as well as the Sittingeagle’s, which can be viewed here.


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