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Kitten Saved By 9 Year Old Hero Dies; Attacker May Be Charged With Felony

It is with great sadness we report that Little Heart, the 7 week old kitten saved by a 9 year old boy from a 12 year old attacker last Saturday, has died today, the day it was supposed to be put up for adoption. RIP sweet kitty.

The tiny grey striped kitten was supposed to be ready to find a good loving home and family today but that will not happen now.

Formerly known as  “kitten”, the little creature is now called Little Heart, after the deep blue heart on the bandage used to wrap a broken leg, as brokenhearted supporters bestow the dignity of a name on the tiny victim.

In a case which has captured the attention of cat lovers everywhere and those who appreciate acts of bravery in defense of the defenseless, last Saturday a young Suffolk VA boy stopped an older tough from a brutal attack on a 7 week old kitten that a group of children had been playing with before the thug came along and grabbed it away.

9 year old Jamarea Mills reportedly knocked a knife from the 12 year old accused attacker’s hand when the older boy threatened to cut the helpless kitten after committing other brutal acts against it.

Jamarea and the other children carefully placed the kitten in a box to protect it from the elements, thinking it was dead. An Animal Control officer later came by, discovered the kitten was alive and took it to receive medical care and find protection at the local shelter. The kitten was initially determined to have a broken leg and bruised abdomen and lung but was expected to live and go to a good home soon.

Overnight last night the kitten developed breathing difficulties and was taken to an emergency vet by its foster family, where it died early this morning. A necropsy will be conducted and if the kitten is found to have died as a result of the attack it is possible that charges against the 12 year old alleged attacker may be upgraded from a weak misdemeanor animal cruelty charge to a felony. The 12 year old was arrested when witnesses from the scene identified the boy as the attacker.

See 9 Year Old Boy Saves Kitten From Abuser: 12 Year Old Charged for the original story from June 3.

See more coverage at our index of Little Heart stories.




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    June 3, 2011 11:24 amPosted 3 years ago
    Susan Stoltz

    :(

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  • June 3, 2011 11:25 amPosted 3 years ago
    Amy Beth

    rip sweetness! Brave little boy. The one who did this, Justice and karma WILL find you!

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    • August 18, 2011 10:37 amPosted 3 years ago
      The Wraith

      9 year old Jamarea Mills reportedly knocked a knife from the 12 year old accused attacker’s hand when the older boy threatened to cut the helpless kitten after committing other brutal acts against it.

      Just a shout-out to young Jamarea:

      Young man, you are a kindhearted and decent human being, brave beyond your years. No matter what may come, don’t ever lose these qualities–they will only serve you well and inspire others to be better people. Here’s to you, and those who obviously raised you right!! :)

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    June 3, 2011 11:25 amPosted 3 years ago
    Kim Thore

    oooh nooo…. So sad!

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    June 3, 2011 11:26 amPosted 3 years ago
    Alison Roth

    Resy well dear kitten…

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    June 3, 2011 11:27 amPosted 3 years ago
    Melissa Hadaway

    oh my….I am so sorry….

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    June 3, 2011 11:28 amPosted 3 years ago
    Bonnie Sexton

    That’s so sad.

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    June 3, 2011 11:28 amPosted 3 years ago
    Jennifer Horton

    7wks…what a life. I pray that someone will take me to the 12yr old that did this…let him feel what that baby felt!!!! I’m just glad GOD has that baby now. He is healed & playing in Heaven!

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  • June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Ana Marie

    Oh no!!! =(

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  • June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Ana Marie

    Oh no!!! =(

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  • June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Julie Vergara

    sweey kitty, now you’re over the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by love, peace, animals and no pain. God Bless you and the young hero who saved you – I hope at least you felt the love of that heroic act and of those that cared for you in your last days here.

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  • June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Julie Vergara

    sweey kitty, now you’re over the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by love, peace, animals and no pain. God Bless you and the young hero who saved you – I hope at least you felt the love of that heroic act and of those that cared for you in your last days here.

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    June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Angharad Grey

    Just beat his ass to death. He’s useless to society now. Let’s watch him grow up to be a serial killer!

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    June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Angharad Grey

    Just beat his ass to death. He’s useless to society now. Let’s watch him grow up to be a serial killer!

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      June 13, 2011 6:59 amPosted 3 years ago
      Jim Donovan

      exactly where he will end up. whata punk! while i want to beat him regularly tis is how it starts. his father began this beating ritual, and this kid can see mental pros forever, but he will continue to hurt living things. Feed him to the lion at the zoo!

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    June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Colleen Quo Ruud

    This is so sad :(

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    June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Colleen Quo Ruud

    This is so sad :(

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    June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Carmen James

    Poor Baby! I hope whoever did this gets strung up!!!!

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    June 3, 2011 11:29 amPosted 3 years ago
    Carmen James

    Poor Baby! I hope whoever did this gets strung up!!!!

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    June 3, 2011 11:30 amPosted 3 years ago
    Erin Moser

    *head in paws* … noooooo …. blessings be ….*sniffs*

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    June 3, 2011 11:30 amPosted 3 years ago
    Erin Moser

    *head in paws* … noooooo …. blessings be ….*sniffs*

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    June 3, 2011 11:30 amPosted 3 years ago
    Kristen

    If I saw a twelve year old abusing a kitten I’d punch him in the face, even if I am sixteen, because he’d probably end up getting off easy.
    That kid is gonna end up being a serial killer or something…

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    June 3, 2011 11:30 amPosted 3 years ago
    Layla Amor

    :’-(

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    June 3, 2011 11:30 amPosted 3 years ago
    Layla Amor

    :’-(

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  • June 3, 2011 11:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    Christie Brunswick

    So sorry !! I hope that boy is punished for this !!!

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  • June 3, 2011 11:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    Christie Brunswick

    So sorry !! I hope that boy is punished for this !!!

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  • June 3, 2011 11:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    Karroll-Maree Myers

    :( that 12 year old needs a good punishment! Sad.

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  • June 3, 2011 11:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    Karroll-Maree Myers

    :( that 12 year old needs a good punishment! Sad.

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    June 3, 2011 11:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    Lori Diamond Lochner

    that breaks my heart

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    June 3, 2011 11:31 amPosted 3 years ago
    Lori Diamond Lochner

    that breaks my heart

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    June 3, 2011 11:32 amPosted 3 years ago
    Barb Breese

    :(

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    June 3, 2011 11:32 amPosted 3 years ago
    Barb Breese

    :(

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  • June 3, 2011 11:34 amPosted 3 years ago
    Anita Shields

    poor baby I am so sorry

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  • June 3, 2011 11:34 amPosted 3 years ago
    Anita Shields

    poor baby I am so sorry

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    June 3, 2011 11:34 amPosted 3 years ago
    Barbara Hanson

    I absolutely guarantee you that this is not the first animal this child has abused….and at that young age, chances are good he has been abused himself, or has witnessed it for a very long time. This poor kitten’s death needs to be a warning bell that ensures the abuser’s home life is examined as well, with the welfare of any siblings confirmed.

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    June 3, 2011 11:34 amPosted 3 years ago
    Barbara Hanson

    I absolutely guarantee you that this is not the first animal this child has abused….and at that young age, chances are good he has been abused himself, or has witnessed it for a very long time. This poor kitten’s death needs to be a warning bell that ensures the abuser’s home life is examined as well, with the welfare of any siblings confirmed.

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  • June 3, 2011 11:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Valynn Schlicht

    THAT BOY SHOULD HAVE HIS CHARGES UPGRADED THEY WOULD IF IT WAS A PERSON!!@!!!!!!!

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  • June 3, 2011 11:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Valynn Schlicht

    THAT BOY SHOULD HAVE HIS CHARGES UPGRADED THEY WOULD IF IT WAS A PERSON!!@!!!!!!!

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  • June 3, 2011 11:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Sharon Creswell Gledhill

    So sad. At least for a few days this little kitty was loved.

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  • June 3, 2011 11:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Sharon Creswell Gledhill

    So sad. At least for a few days this little kitty was loved.

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  • June 3, 2011 11:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Valynn Schlicht

    I send many prayers and blessings to this kitty in HEAVEN

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  • June 3, 2011 11:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Valynn Schlicht

    I send many prayers and blessings to this kitty in HEAVEN

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    June 3, 2011 11:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Paulette Siegel

    This is so sad :( I cant beleive that he passed on. I hope that kid (& yes I know he is only 12) rotts inhell for what he did. Kids like him grow up to be rapists, killers, etc. Its disgusting, it makes me so mad. That poor little helpless thing. My heart goes out to him & the little boy that saved him.

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    June 3, 2011 11:35 amPosted 3 years ago
    Paulette Siegel

    This is so sad :( I cant beleive that he passed on. I hope that kid (& yes I know he is only 12) rotts inhell for what he did. Kids like him grow up to be rapists, killers, etc. Its disgusting, it makes me so mad. That poor little helpless thing. My heart goes out to him & the little boy that saved him.

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    June 3, 2011 11:36 amPosted 3 years ago
    Nini Magart

    So sad, also for the little hero of a boy! :-(

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    June 3, 2011 11:36 amPosted 3 years ago
    Nini Magart

    So sad, also for the little hero of a boy! :-(

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    June 3, 2011 11:42 amPosted 3 years ago
    Annette

    So let me get this straight. The initial abuse was a midemeanor? THAT’s scary. Anyone who would be willng to commit that sort of abuse against an animal should be guilty of a felony.

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  • June 3, 2011 11:42 amPosted 3 years ago
    Debbie

    This is so sad. I hope “authorities” and the little @#$%’s parents take this seriously and both punish and get the kid some much-needed mental help. Little monsters grow up to be big monsters, and big threats to others. This kid is BAD NEWS.

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    June 3, 2011 11:49 amPosted 3 years ago
    Kathryn Mathias

    May the punishment fit the crime.

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    June 3, 2011 1:24 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Mindi

    This breaks my heart! RIP baby kitten,no more pain for you blessed baby angel.As for the abuser,lock him up for good! I dont care if he is “only” 12! He’s capable of this kind of violence against a small helpless animal now,wait til he’s older,his victims will move from animals to children to senior citizens!This should have been a felony from the start!!! As for the baby’s savior,many thanks to him for trying.God sees these acts,and will reward/punish accordingly.

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    June 3, 2011 3:05 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Nuria

    A necropsy to find out if he died because of the beating? Of course he did! Taht poor little angel was doing nothing but living his life and that monster came and beat him. I hope they put that monster in jail.

    RIP little angel. You had a short life, but what an impact you had.

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    June 3, 2011 8:28 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Patty

    I am so sad, can’t express my deepest sorrow, What about that poor little boy who tried to save the kitten? What a cruel world

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    June 3, 2011 9:33 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Jennifer

    Do the same thing to that moronic 12-year-old.

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    June 4, 2011 2:15 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Kathryn

    RIP my little friend… myommy will look after you at the Rainbow Bridge. So glad that you were rescued by that little boy and that you knew love towards the end of your short life. As for the waste of human flesh that hurt you… I can only hope tha.t karma and law enforcement treats this little monster appropriately. He needs to be removed from society permantely!!!

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      June 4, 2011 2:17 pmPosted 3 years ago
      Kathryn

      I apologize for spelling mistakes and typos… using a “smart”phone and it isn’t very smart..

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    June 4, 2011 5:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Casey

    Poor little kitten….R.I.P. Angel….Good to know your tax dollars will be going to fund this little 12 year old a**holes future life in prison because we all know thats where he’ll end up.

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  • June 8, 2011 6:42 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Melissa

    Hopefully the kitten was reunited with the kid who died after he tried to save a young life, he’s still a hero in my eyes! Now as far as the 12 yr old……. Well it’s something that can’t be published on this page!

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    June 8, 2011 8:55 pmPosted 3 years ago
    Tammy McGaa

    A necropsy will be conducted and if the kitten is found to have died as a result of the attack

    i am assuming this is for proof or evidence, as i doubt anyone believes the poor baby died as a result as anything other than the abuse it received at the hands of that wicked child. i do hope they punish him as befits such an act of cruelty…and keeping in mind if they dont, he could and most likely will go on to commit other far worse acts, someday even against other humans.

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    June 16, 2011 10:50 amPosted 3 years ago
    Eric

    :( Poor little kitty

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    June 16, 2011 11:38 amPosted 3 years ago
    Voice

    FELONY = YES. I dearly hope karma finds that evil soul and wreaks justice.

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