Published April 26, 2016
FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION— Janelle Red Dog, 42, pleaded not guilty in the killing of 13-month-old, Kenzley Ava-LeAnn Olson, who was found in dumpster last Wednesday. Red Dog made her pleas as she was arraigned via video conference in Fort Peck Tribal Court Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
She has been charged with felony murder and a misdemeanor charge of hindering law enforcement.
The baby girl was missing for 26 hours before her body was discovered. Young Kenzley’s story gained national attention when the Amber Alert listing her disappearance was reported by Nancy Grace on Tuesday (April 19) evening.
Last Friday, Ken Trottier, a criminal investigator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, who is assigned to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, testified at a preliminary hearing that Red Dog confessed to killing young Kenzley.
Trottier said Red Dog admitted to hitting the young child with blunt force on Tuesday that left the child dead and then putting the young child’s lifeless body into a duffel bag. She then dumped Kenzley’s body into a dumpster.
If convicted in tribal court, Olson can only receive a three-year sentence and/or a $15,000 fine.
The FBI has been investigating the case and federal charges may be brought against Red Dog.
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