POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — A woman has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 13-month-old girl under her care on an American Indian reservation in Montana.
The Fort Peck Tribal Court clerk’s office says Janelle Reddog pleaded not guilty during a Tuesday court appearance in Poplar.
Judge Marvin Youpee denied bond and ordered Reddog back into custody pending a May hearing.
Authorities say the 42-year-old woman beat to death Kenzley Olson on April 19, put the body into a dumpster and reported Kenzley missing.
Defense attorney Mary Zemyan says she’s uncertain what killed Kenzley.
Tribal law allows for a maximum three-year prison sentence on any one charge. Separate federal charges also are expected in the case.
The baby’s mother was in jail on unspecified allegations when she died.