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Janelle Red Dog pleads not guilty to killing Poplar toddler Kenzley Olson

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Janelle Red Dog, accused of killing Poplar toddler Kenzley Olson in April, is scheduled to go on trial on November 21st.

Red Dog, 42 years old, appeared in court in Great Falls on Thursday before Magistrate Judge John Johnston. 

Red Dog pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder; second-degree murder; child abuse; and accessory after the fact.

Court documents say that Red Dog "purposely and knowingly" caused bodily injury to and killed Olson with "malice aforethought."

It also says she aided a man identified in court documents only as John Doe, knowing that he committed a federal crime of aggravated sexual abuse, in order to prevent his apprehension.

Red Dog was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


(APRIL 22, 2016) A Fort Peck Tribal member accused of killing a Poplar baby beat the girl and stuffed her body in a duffel bag before leaving it in the garbage, prosecutors said at a probable cause hearing on Friday morning.

Janelle Red Dog, 42, appeared in Fort Peck Tribal Court for a hearing on whether there was enough evidence to charge her with the murder of 1-year-old Kenzley Olson. The judge determined there was probable cause to charge Red Dog and her arraignment was set for Tuesday.

According to a Fort Peck Journal reporter who attended the hearing, prosecutors said Red Dog punched the girl several times and realized she had killed her. That’s when Red Dog allegedly put the girl’s body in a duffel bag and threw the bag in a dumpster.

Red Dog drew a map that lead to the dump site and later confessed to authorities that she had killed Olson, prosecutors said.

On Tuesday, Olson’s family realized the girl was missing around 9 a.m. and reported her absence to police around 12:30 p.m.

When authorities could not locate the girl, the FBI was called in and an AMBER Alert was sent out.

Once authorities were led to the dump site by the map, they discovered the girl’s body in the trash, according to the Journal reporter..

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