- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - A woman accused of abusing her elderly mother during protests over the Dakota Access pipeline has pleaded not guilty to charges.

Prosecutors say Kathleen Bennett left her 82-year-old mother, who has dementia, tied to a chair while she attended demonstrations. The elderly woman was taken to the hospital during a blizzard in December where staff said she was frail and malnourished.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2moZEGM ) reports Bennett’s attorney, Don Sauviac, says they will challenge the credibility of the people who made the allegations of abuse.

In addition to the abuse case, Bennett has also been charged in Burleigh County with exploiting her mother by using $1,200 of her money to rent hotel rooms, buy meals and pay legal fees while her mom was in the hospital and without her consent.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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