Investigation launched into death of kitten by seven-year-old child

In Middletown, Ohio, investigators from Middletown’s Animal Control are looking into a report of animal cruelty involving the death of a kitten involving a seven-year-old child.

According to Joseph’s Legacy Rescue,  the organization’s president Meg Malampy had been contacted by a woman who wanted to surrender three adult cats and three kittens. She expressed her concern for the safety of the animals. Four  kittens were first rescued, however one of the kittens was barely alive having trouble breathing.

Rescuers soon discovered a seven-year-old child had beaten the kitten over the head with a wooden block. Additionally there was a rubber band found embedded in the kitten’s neck.

“The skin had ground around it, so it had been in there for a long time as well,” Malamy explained. “He did not survive. There was no way. It was so bad. It was just unbelievable that a seven-year-old had done that much damage to this poor thing.”

The frightening details were explained on New Beginnings Animal Rescue who is now caring for the three kittens.

“A rescue friend, Krista, at Joseph’s Legacy was contacted by a concerned owner of 7 cats. Her fiancés 7 year old son beat their sibling over the head with a wooden block. She had already filed a police report and the CDC advised her it was risky to keep the other animals they had. We later found out there was a rubber band embedded in his neck, he was in so much pain and struggling so hard. Unfortunately he didn’t make it. The remaining 6 cats were not safe to stay in the home so it was very clear they needed to leave. Even though space is slim, all cats were safely removed.”

The kittens are very friendly and lovable.

“Luckily I was able to welcome 3 of the siblings into the rescue. Joseph’s Legacy welcomed 3 adult cats from the home. The owner is completely crushed but decided she needed to do what was best for the animals and not risk any others getting injured or killed.

They were obviously very well loved. Each one is very friendly, well socialized, soft, sweet, and playful. They love to “head butt” you for attention and make biscuits. They will be spayed and neutered on Monday January 7th so will be ready to go to their new homes after that.”

Check out Bridger, River and Ember who will soon be ready for homes.

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10 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    I’m happy she did the right thing for the rest of the cats. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt,that she didn’t know that monster had done anything to the one kitten until it was too late. HOWEVER:

    Is she really insane enough to marry this man?

    He’s raising this monster! There must be some reason he’s like this, and it STARTS with the people who’ve been raising him- his mother AND father!

    She should run, and fast, after throwing them both out of her life!

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  2. Gizmos Mommy says:

    The little bastard needs to be institutionalized. That’s a future serial criminal. Just because the little bastard isn’t 18, the diagnosis of sociopathic behavior cannot be made. That’s definitely Oppositional Defiant Disorder and as such that little bastard needs to be institutionalized. That thing should not be allowed near other children or animals. Sorry that’s just the way of it. Look up the history of serial killers – over 95% of them tortured animals when they were young. There’s no cure.

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  3. Jeanette Fossum says:

    I have an idea, let me get the parents of this 7 yr old, put an elastic band around their neck and beat them over the head with a piece of concrete. sounds good to me. that kid should be seen by a therapist, now!

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  4. Bunny Peters says:

    That 7 year old POS is a sociopath (& future serial killer).

    He needs serious therapy BIG TIME (or to be institutionalized so he can’t harm anyone else)…..

    Precious little treasure, your life was stolen from you (& your life mattered). I am absolutely heartbroken for your trauma & death.

    The POS who murdered you will burn in Hell forever for his cruelty. I hope he dies alone, afraid in pain and unloved……..

    Please look for MacKitty in Heaven and he will welcome you into his snuggle buddies group. You can RIP amongst his loving friends……..

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  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    These parents are raising a monster and he needs help. They should have seen what the brat was doing to the kitten and done something about it before the poor thing was injured beyond repair. You don’t leave children unsupervised around innocent animals!

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  6. Donna L Hawkins says:

    This child is extremely dangerous! She should definitely get them out of her life! How can she give up het babies a live with this monster?? How did she not see the elastic around his little neck!?

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  7. Nina Smith says:

    I’m 9 and an animal lover and this kid should have the same thing happen to him as he did to the kittens!😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

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