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Dad forces 7 year old daughter to kill pet cat

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  • 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.


March 14, 2008 - Posted by | Animals, Current Events, News


  1. Another sick F………, Gee congress, what will he get? 3 months in jail, another slap on the wrist. PROSECUTE these killers (the dad), as you would any killer. This was an animal with feelings, a heart, respiratory system, just like us. It suffered horribly, as did his children. Sometimes I wish we would go back to times where they stoned people Surely, this loser would deserve it. Max sentence! PLEASE…………………………………

    Comment by MK Carney | March 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. Sick, sick f—. Please lock this sick bastard up, and hopefully he gets stabbed by his cellmates and killed.

    Comment by nameless | March 14, 2008 | Reply

  3. its just a cat…

    but i feel bad for the girl

    Comment by kelsey | March 17, 2008 | Reply

  4. It is more than ‘just a cat’ it was still a part of that person’s family and there are laws to protect animals in every state to keep them safe.
    Serious charges follow when harm, neglect and death come upon these animals by their family owners.

    ….but off of my animal cruelty rant…

    A sick man indeed…..was the cat really necessary? Wouldn’t an annoying mosquito suffice?

    If he really wanted the children to experience killing…go fishing. You have fun AND get dinner in one trip! A classic family outing. Check.

    Sick bastard….

    Comment by Ashley G! | March 17, 2008 | Reply

  5. To kelsey,…

    Does not matter it is “just a cat”. It is a living soul and this is animal cruelty. This man has probably scarred his children for life. Teaching children how to kill?? What has this world come to? GEESH! I hope they lock his a** up for a long time.

    Comment by agasa | March 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. This is another sick mother F_____. This world has gone MAD AND IT IS GOING DOWNHILL FROM HERE. IF WE DONT ACT FAST, CHILDREN WILL BE ON TRIAL FOR MURDER! LIKE WHAT agasa SAID !

    Comment by Jevon | April 10, 2008 | Reply

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