Kitten Beaten to Death

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Warren police are looking for a man who beat his live-in girlfriend’s daughter’s 3-month-old kitten to death after an argument.

Reports said Pamela Calkins, 31, told police her boyfriend beat the Tiger kitten against her 12-year-old daughter’s bedroom walls then threw the cat out a second-story window.

The boyfriend, Jaycen L. Leapline, 34, was charged with first-degree misdemeanor charge of killing or injuring animals, which carries a 180-day maximum jail sentence. He has not been apprehended by police.

“I have zero sympathy for this person and again upon conviction, we will ask for a severe penalty,” said Warren Law Director Greg Hicks. “This is ridiculous to do this, and I look at the child. You have a 12-year-old child who had a pet kitty that this has been done to. What’s the trauma to her?”

Calkins told police she argued with Leapline at about 5 a.m. Wednesday after which, he began to punch holes in the walls and doors.

Leapline then told Calkins “Get rid of the cat or I’ll take care of it,” reports said. The cat, reports said, belonged to Calkins’ 12-year-old daughter.

Calkins told police she took her daughter to school. When she returned, she found the cat lying in the grass in the side yard of the couples’ 158 Ohio Ave. N.W. home.

Calkins told police Leapline beat the cat against the walls, causing blood to be splattered on the girl’s bedroom walls, ceiling, bed sheets, window frame and window screen, reports said.

He fled after cleaning the blood off the ceiling, reports said. Calkins told police her boyfriend “has a drinking problem.”

Kerry Pettit with the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County said out of 613 calls taken by the agency in 2011, 33 were for physical abuse towards animals.

“When people are under the influence or in a domestic violence situation, often the animals do become involved or are usually the first victims,” said Pettit.

For information on how to prevent animal abuse, call the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County at 330-399-2026.

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