DAPL Protester Accused of Abuse Makes Plea

The elderly woman was taken to the hospital during a blizzard in December where staff said she was frail and malnourished

 

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A Las Vegas woman accused of abusing her elderly mother during the pipeline protests has pleaded not guilty.

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.

Bennett is also accused of 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.

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