- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Two Arkansas boys are accused of mutilating and killing a kitten, but court officials say they’re too young to be charged as delinquents.

One of the children told a neighbor, who reported the incident Saturday afternoon after discovering the kitten’s remains in his backyard, The Jonesboro Sun (https://bit.ly/1TL7YZQ ) reported.

Jonesboro police said the stepfather of the 8- and 9-year-old children brought the kitten home after finding it wandering in the street Friday night. He had left them alone at home to interview for job Saturday morning, and the children had dismembered the cat while he was away, according to officer Delfino Valdez.

A juvenile has to be at least 10 years old to be charged as a delinquent.

Juvenile Court Supervisor Ashley Boles said anyone under age 10 can’t face criminal action, though they can be referred to the court system as a family in need of services. Boles said the children likely would be referred for counseling.

An adult charged in the incident would have faced felony aggravated cruelty to a dog, cat or horse.

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com


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