The biological mother of a Minnesota teen whose remains were found in a burn pit is pleading not guilty.
Rebecca Ruud entered the plea Monday in Ozark County Court in Missouri, the Baxter Bulletin reports.
Ruud was arrested last month after authorities said the remains of her biological daughter, 16-year-old Savannah Leckie, were found in a burn pit on Ruud's Missouri property.
Ruud had been charged with first- and second-degree murder, as well as neglect of a child.
But last week she was indicted by a grand jury on similar charges, the Ozark County Times reported. Her husband, Robert Peat Jr., was also arrested and indicted last Wednesday.
They're each facing charges of first- and second-degree murder, abuse of a child resulting in death, evidence tampering, and abandoning a corpse, according to the Times.
Both pleaded not guilty Monday during a fairly brief court appearance, the Baxter Bulletin says.
Leckie lived with her adoptive parents in Minnesota for most of her life, but last year moved to rural Longrun, Missouri, to stay with Ruud – her biological mother.
But 20 days later investigators made a grim discovery: remains on the mother's property.
The charges against Ruud included disturbing allegations about how she punished the teenager, as well as details about a fire call to the property just two days before Leckie was reported missing.