Dad forces 7 year old daughter to kill pet cat
- Indiana man told children he wanted them to learn how to kill, police say
- After boy tried to hide cat, father held knife in girl’s hand, detective says
- Siblings, who live with grandparents, told authorities that their father was drunk
- Man charged with battery, animal cruelty and neglect of a dependent
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A man was jailed Thursday on charges that he forced his 7-year-old daughter to kill the family cat by holding a knife in her hand and making her stab the pet.
Danield J. Collins, 39, told his children during a visit to his home Sunday that he wanted them to “learn how to kill” and gave his 11-year-old son a knife to do it, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
The boy tried to save the cat by hiding it under a sofa bed and putting ketchup on a knife when Collins went to the bathroom. But when the father realized that the cat was not dead, he forced his daughter to hold the knife and then held her hand tightly as he drove the knife into the animal, Muncie police Detective Jami Brown said.
Police said Collins stabbed and strangled the cat himself, and told his son to throw the dead pet in the trash. Officers retrieved the carcass to be used as evidence.
The children told family members about the incident Monday, the day after the alleged killing, according to the affidavit. The children told police that their father was drunk when they arrived at his home and that he’s a different person when he’s sober, it said.
The siblings live with their grandparents.
Collins was being held in the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bail. He’s charged with one count each of animal cruelty and battery and two counts of neglect of a dependent. The battery charge alleges that the girl was injured because Collins held her hand so hard that it ached.
The jail had no record of an attorney representing Collins, and there were no published phone listings for him in Muncie.
Brown said the case was particularly troubling because Collins involved his children in killing the animal, an 8-month-old tuxedo-type cat named Boots.
“I’ve been doing investigations for 10 years, and this is really bothering me,” the detective said.