Grafton woman gets 2 ½ years in prison for locking kids in dog kennels to punish them
GRAFTON -- A Grafton woman will spend about 2 1/2 years in prison after investigators accused her of locking young children in dog kennels to punish them.
GRAFTON -- A Grafton woman will spend about 2½ years in prison after investigators accused her of locking young children in dog kennels to punish them.
Judge Lee Christofferson on Friday sentenced Jordan McKay Nelson, 24, in Walsh County District Court to five years in prison, half of which she must serve, on four counts of child neglect or abuse. She entered an Alford plea, meaning she does not admit to the charges but agrees prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her in court.
Investigators arrested Nelson in mid-February 2015 after four children younger than 10 at the time -- the youngest was 5 -- said Nelson locked them in dog kennels in a basement of a Grafton home and turned the lights off as a form of punishment, according to court documents. One complaint stated Nelson forced a child to eat dog food, causing him to become sick.
The treatment of the children was enough to cause them “permanent mental injury,” investigators said in court documents. Victim statements submitted to the court were sealed.
Nelson was not the mother of the children, according to court documents.