Accused Kitten Killer in Court

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A Warren man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 12-year-old daughter’s kitten to death is free on $3,500 bond after his arraignment.

Jaycen L. Leapline, 34, of 158 Ohio Ave. N.W., pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree misdemeanor charges of killing or injuring animals. The charge carries a 180-day maximum penalty.

Reports said Pamela Calkins, 31, told police her boyfriend beat the 3-month-old Tiger kitten against the girl’s bedroom walls then threw the cat out a second-story window.

Calkins told police she argued with Leapline at about 5 a.m. Wednesday and punched 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’ 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.”

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