A Gallatin County woman has denied charges that she illegally took her young daughter to Idaho in April, a situation that led to local and statewide advisories looking for the girl.

Lyndsey Lalicker, 37, appeared in Gallatin County District Court on Monday morning and pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of custodial interference. Her $100,000 bond, which she had previously posted, was continued by Judge Rienne McElyea.

Lalicker was arrested in Salmon, Idaho, on April 14, after officials say she failed to show up to exchange custody of her 3-year-old daughter, Lyncia, as court ordered.

Local and state law enforcement agencies sent out advisories that day seeking information on the whereabouts of the two. Later that evening, the Montana Department of Justice announced they had been located safely.

According to charging documents:

On the morning of April 14, a man reported to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office that Lalicker was supposed to exchange custody of their daughter, Lyncia, in Belgrade but that she didn’t show up.

The two had been switching weekends for parenting time, he said. However, Lalicker was wanting to switch weekends because she said she was going to a horse show in Salmon.

The man did not agree and received a court order that denied Lalicker’s attempts to switch weekends.

The man said he worried for his daughter’s safety, reporting that Lalicker abused her other child, court documents said. Due to those allegations, Lalicker had a temporary order of protection granted against her.

Lalicker had also recently cut and dyed the girl’s hair for unknown reasons.

A court appointed parenting coordinator also told investigators that Lalicker reportedly “frequently” disobeys court orders. She was twice cited for parenting interference in 2017.

If convicted, Lalicker faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Whitney Bermes can be reached at wbermes@dailychronicle.com or 582-2648. Follow her on Twitter at @wabermes.

Whitney Bermes covers cops and courts for the Chronicle.

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