A Montana woman wants to change her plea to guilty for the death of a 13-month-old found in a dumpster on an American Indian reservation last year.
According to People, Janelle Red Dog wants to plead guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Kenzley Olson. Her attorney, Hank Branom said this change the plea is part of an unspecified deal with prosecutors. He declined to give details about the plea deal.
The little girl’s body was found in a duffel bag in a Poplar dumpster, according to the report. Red Dog was charged with first- and second-degree murder along with felony child abuse and accessory after the fact. Red Dog had allegedly told authorities that Olson was abducted while the child was in her care. An AMBER alert was then issued for the toddler.
Olson was found in a dumpster just a few blocks away from Red Dog’s home. An autopsy found that she died of blunt force trauma, according to CBS. The baby’s mother, Rhea Starr, told the Associated Press that the death was accidental, adding that Red Dog cared for Olson when others wouldn’t.
Red Dog is expected to appear in court on Monday, and according to Branom she will “answer the judge’s questions under oath.”
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