The woman considered a "person of interest" in the hoax call that launched the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch has delayed her trial until next year.
Rozita Swinton, 33, appeared in a Colorado Springs court on Monday for a hearing where she waived her right to a speedy trial. She is now scheduled to go on trial in January 2009 for a misdemeanor charge of making a false report.
"She indicated to the court she will be receiving a mental-health evaluation," El Paso County District Attorney's spokeswoman Lin Billings told the Deseret News. "Under Colorado state law, if someone intends to introduce a mental-health defense you have to enter an evaluation."
Swinton is accused of making a phony abuse call to police in Colorado Springs, pretending to be a drugged and sexually abused 13-year-old girl chained in a basement. The February phone call prompted a door-to-door search by police until they learned it was a hoax.
Texas authorities have placed Swinton under suspicion in the phone call that sparked the April raid on the YFZ Ranch. Someone claiming to be a 16-year-old girl named "Sarah" called family crisis shelter hotlines saying she was pregnant and in an abusive, polygamous marriage to a man named Dale Barlow, a convicted sex offender from Colorado City, Ariz.
Authorities went to the ranch and never found "Sarah," but they said they saw other signs of abuse that prompted a judge to order the removal of all of the children. Hundreds of children were later returned to their families after a pair of Texas courts ruled the state acted improperly and the 439 children were not in imminent danger of abuse.
A warrant for Barlow's arrest was later dropped. The Texas Department of Public Safety has said their investigation is ongoing.
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