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Investigator Says Woman Beat Baby to Death

Janelle Red Dog appeared in Fort Peck Tribal Court on Friday in the death of Kenzley Olson

BILLINGS — A federal investigator says a woman beat to death a 1-year-old girl on a Montana Indian reservation and threw the baby’s body into a dumpster.

Forty-two-year-old Janelle Red Dog appeared in Fort Peck Tribal Court on Friday in the death of Kenzley Olson. Court officials say she didn’t enter a plea and was returned to custody.

KTMF-TV reports Bureau of Indian Affairs investigator Ken Trottier says Red Dog confessed to punching Kenzley several times on Tuesday, killing her. She then put the girl’s body into a duffel bag and threw it in a dumpster.

Trottier says Red Dog reported Kenzley missing, prompting authorities in Montana and North Dakota to issue an alert for a kidnapped child. The relation between Red Dog and the girl is uncertain.

Red Dog’s attorney, Mary Zemyan, didn’t immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.