- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) - A Grafton woman who pleaded not guilty to locking four young children in a dog cage is scheduled to change her plea.

Jordan Nelson faces felony child abuse and felonious restraint charges that together carry a maximum punishment of 45 years in prison.

She was to stand trial this month, but court documents show she’s reached an agreement with prosecutors and is scheduled to change her plea Friday. Details of the plea agreement were ordered sealed to the public by a judge.

Authorities said the children who range in age from 5 to 9 years told investigators that they were locked in the kennel in the basement with the lights off as punishment. Nelson allegedly forced one of the children to eat dog food. Nelson is not the children’s mother.

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