Montana woman charged with murder in baby’s death

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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