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Investigator: Woman killed baby girl, put body in dumpster

A sheriff’s department vehicle is parked outside the house where 1-year-old Kenzley Olson was staying when she was beaten to death on Friday in Poplar. A federal investigator says a woman beat to death the girl on a Montana Indian reservation and threw the baby’s body into a dumpster. Janelle Red Dog appeared in Fort Peck Tribal Court on Friday in the death of Olson after she reportedly confessed and drew a map of where the body was located.

HELENA — A federal judge has pushed back the murder trial of a Montana woman accused of killing a 13-month-old girl and putting her body in dumpster on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Janelle Red Dog's trial had been scheduled for Feb. 27. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris re-set it for May 22 in Great Falls.

Morris wrote in his order the delay is necessary to give Red Dog's public defender enough time to prepare.

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Red Dog is charged with first- and second-degree murder for the April 2016 death of Kenzley Olson. She has pleaded not guilty and faces a potential sentence of life in prison if she is convicted.

Red Dog had been caring for Kenzley for about two weeks after the girl's mother dropped her off and failed to return.

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