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Mother of 3 Who Died in Sioux Falls Fire Faces New Charges

Fatal Fire, Rhiannon WhiteSIOUX FALLS – The mother of three children who died in a Sioux Falls house fire is now facing child abuse and neglect charges.

Thirty-four-year-old Rhiannon White was originally charged with possession of a controlled substance following the Dec. 22 fire that killed 6-year-old Alivia Coon, 12-year-old Savannah Coon and 16-year-old Michael Hensley.

Authorities say White tested positive for methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana when she was taken to the emergency room after the fire. White and her husband escaped with minor injuries by jumping from a second-floor window.

The latest indictment charges White with six counts of contributing to the abuse or neglect of a minor. She turned herself in Monday on the new charges and was released.

Officials could not confirm the cause of the fire because the damage was so extensive.

Deadly Sioux Falls Fire’s Cause Expected to be Determined

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