Montana woman charged for murder of one-year-old Fort Peck girl

A park in Wolf Point, on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana. Photo by Royalbroil

Federal authorities laid murder and other charges in connection with the death of a one-year-old girl on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.

Janelle Red Dog, 42, was indicted on one charge of first-degree murder, one charge of second-degree murder, one charge of felony child abuse and one charge of being an accessory after the fact. Authorities say she abused and killed Kenzley Olson on April 19.

The accessory after the fact charge speaks of the involvement of a "John Doe" in the crime. According to the indictment, Red Dog knew the unnamed offender committed "aggravated sexual abuse" on the same day Kenzley died.

Kenzley Olson was born on March 4, 2015. Photo from Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel

Red Dog pleaded not guilty to all of the charges on Thursday, The Great Falls Tribune reported. She faces a trial on November 21, the paper said.

Tribal leaders blamed Kenzley's disappearance and death, as well as a kidnapping of a four-year-old girl earlier in the year, on rampant drug abuse on the reservation. Chairman Floyd Azure said the problem is contributing to sex trafficking and sex crimes.

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