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Charges dismissed in parental interference case

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Posted at 7:52 AM, Oct 01, 2022

(UPDATE, NOVEMBER 3) All criminal charges against Toney have been dismissed.


(UPDATE, OCTOBER 3) The father has been charged with three felony counts of parental interference and one felony count of tampering with a witness.


(UPDATE, OCTOBER 1, 8:27 a.m.) The Cascade County Sheriff's Office says that the three children have been found and are safe. No other details have been released. We will update you if we get more information.


(1st REPORT, OCTOBER 1, 7:52 a.m.) The Montana Department of Justice, just after 4 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for three young children in Cascade County who were taken by their father.

The advisory states: "Father has taken 3 young children, is known to be violent, suicidal, and have erratic behavior. Children are believed to be in danger."

The children were taken from Black Eagle at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022, according to the advisory, by their father Trai Toney.

The children are:

  • Tempest Vauthier, girl, age 6, 4 foot 50 lbs. blue eyes brown hair
  • Konor Toney, boy, age 4, 3 foot 40 lbs. blue eyes blonde hair
  • Niklaus Toney, boy, age 1, 2 foot 30 lbs. blue eyes, brown hair

They are in a white 2008 GMC Yukon with Montana license plate DNM 854, possibly traveling west of Great Falls toward Teton County.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Cascade County Sheriff's office at 406-454-8099 or 911.