- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

GRAFTON, N.D. (AP) - A judge has ordered a psychological evaluation for a Grafton woman accused of locking four young children in a dog cage.

Jordan Nelson is charged with four counts of felony child abuse and neglect, and felonious restraint. KFGO radio reports (https://bit.ly/2ay46cX) that the evaluation was ordered to determine whether Nelson would benefit from a “community-based sexual abuse treatment program.”

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.”

Nelson’s trial is scheduled in October.

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

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