- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota woman has pleaded not guilty to locking four young children in a dog cage.

KFGO-AM reports (https://bit.ly/1zXm6Z2 ) that 23-year-old Jordan McKay Nelson, of Grafton, appeared in court Tuesday. She is facing four counts of felony abuse and neglect of a child, and four counts of felonious restraint.

The children, who range in ages from 5 to 9 years, told investigators they were locked in the kennel in the basement as punishment and the lights were turned off. Nelson allegedly forced one of the children to eat dog food. During a police interview, a boy drew a picture of himself in the cage with the words “help me.”

Police say Nelson is in a relationship with the children’s biological mother.

Defense attorney David Dusek declined to comment.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com


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