Woodbridge man killed kitten because it scratched his three-year-old child

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In a disturbing act of animal cruelty, a Woodbridge, Virginia man has been accused of killing a kitten because it scratched his three-year-old daughter on the face.

According to WjlaNews, Rocky Bryan Hearn, 46, has been charged with felony animal cruelty and was transferred to the county detention center on Monday. Prince William County Police responded to a call at Hearn’s home on Fruit Tree Court where an investigation revealed a four-month-old kitten was killed after it scratched the little girl’s face. The kitten was described as a domestic short-hair; how the little one died has not been released.

Hearn remains in custody without bail. An October 17 court date has been set.

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(Photo of Woodbridge man via Prince William County Police)

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13 replies
  1. JEANETTE says:

    what an evil person. cats have claws you idiot, teach your child to be gentle. killing a kitten, what next, beating his kid?

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is a kitten, a little baby that was probably being manhandled by this moron’s 3 year old child and the brat got scratched! He is dangerous, what might he do to another child if they were to “hurt” his daughter. I hope they keep him locked up!

  3. Adrienne says:

    What is a 3 year old doing with a kitten unsupervised so that the kitten could scratch her? Stupid and senseless and this man should be killed for taking another life. A kitten has a right to live his/her life just like all of us including animals.Keep him in jail for a long time until he realizes what he did and also what he taught his daughter.

  4. Donna Schneider says:

    I hey never should have h.g.h ad a kitten around a 3 year old in the first place. Thats what kittens do they bite and scratch. This man was just an idiot for not figuring it out!

  5. Bev Woodburn says:

    Kill this monster animal torturing evil and vile Rocky Bryan Hearn. This monster does not deserve to live on this planet or breath the air.
    Killing an innocent and littkle kitten because it scratched his daughter on the face. What was his daughter doing to this precious and innocent little kitten to scratch his daughter. And this animal torturing monster takes the life of this precious and innocent little Kitten. The f—— bastard. Die you pos slowly.

  6. Tamara says:

    It says he’s being held without bond, but the info with the PWC General District Court (as of 8/31/2018) shows:

    Status : Released On Recognizance

    Case Number : GC18010489-00
    Filed Date : 08/28/2018
    Address : WOODBRIDGE, VA 22193
    Race : White Caucasian(Non-Hispanic)
    Defense Attorney : NOLAN
    Case Type : Felony
    Class : 6
    Hearing Information:
    10/17/2018 11:30 AM Preliminary

    Maybe he was released on his own recognizance before his arraignment? I’m not certain what that means, exactly, since his arraignment was at 9:30 AM on 8/28/2018.


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