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13 Year Old Little Heart Kitten Killer Sentenced

The boy who brutalized tiny Little Heart on May 28, 2011 was sentenced this week. Though a 9 year old hero stepped in, the kitten later died. A felony charge was dropped to a misdemeanor because Little Heart did not have a home; and the prosecutor who worked to find him guilty is of the mind that thugs and bullies need help, not punishment.

The young thug who brutalized a tiny, helpless kitten in broad daylight at a Suffolk, Virginia playground one day last May, and was found guilty in October, finally heard his sentence this week.

As many readers will recall, Jamarea Mills and his brother were playing with a tiny 7 week old kitten when a bully came along and snatched the animal away from them.  A group of children looked on helplessly as the 12 year old boy callously and viciously brutalized the kitten for fun. When the tormenter pulled out a pocket knife and announced that he was about to “cut” the kitten, 9 year old hero Jamarea was compelled to act. He knocked the knife from the bully’s hands and the kitten was spared. Animal control came and took the kitten to the shelter and he was placed in foster care.  Little Heart was rushed to the vet with breathing difficulties on the night of June 2, and died in the wee hours of the morning of Friday, June 3, the day he was supposed to go from foster care to his loving forever home.

Local authorities took the case seriously, investigated rigorously and followed through.  The then 12 year old was immediately charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, pending necropsy results. When the post mortem examination determined that Little Heart died as a result of  the youth’s brutality, the charge was upgraded to a felony.  Before the case came to trial, however, the charge was again downgraded to a misdemeanor due to a point of state law: felony animal cruelty can only be charged when a companion animal is neglected, tortured or killed. Crimes against stray and  wild animals are misdemeanors.

The killer, whose name remains protected, was found guilty on October 18. The young witnesses and their families deserve great credit; their testimony was important to the case, and they appeared in court knowing they would have to continue living in the same community as the thug and his family going forward.

While the prosecutor praised investigators and commended the witnesses for helping to win the case, she appears to be of the helping sociopaths rather than punishing them school of  thought.  Susan Walton was quoted at the time saying “To be that cruel, what concerns me is that you need to evaluate why that would happen and hopefully get him some help.”  We were informed that the sentence would likely be “some form of rehabilitation or counseling” rather than punishment.

The court followed through, as expected, and the mandated outcome is as follows:  supervised probation, a mentoring program, therapy and a suspended 30 day sentence in juvenile detention.

And so it ends. As with every other successfully prosecuted case, there remains a letdown even thought justice has been served.  The one positive that could possibly come from this case would be if the residents of Virginia and their representatives decided that the life of a stray or abandoned, animal should have equal value with those who have homes and human families.

See more coverage at our index of Little Heart stories.




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  • January 26, 2012 12:37 pmPosted 2 years ago
    jen

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!! This is the kind of kid that will grow up and possibly become a serial killer! HE NEEDS MAJOR HELP!!!!!!! And yes, Virginia needs to treat animal cruelty as animal cruelty no matter the animal!!!!! Can anyone there work to change this? Let not this kitten’s life/death be in vain!!!

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      January 31, 2012 9:30 amPosted 2 years ago
      Jen

      I am with you jen we need to change something, I live in NC and slowly changes have begun here!

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        February 8, 2012 10:24 amPosted 2 years ago
        hamby

        Jen-I’m in NC also and have heard of some horrific things and some wonderful things. I am not up to date on the legislation re. animal cruelty, but I do read in various papers about abusers being punished. Not strict enough…yet. Hope we get there soon.

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      February 5, 2012 1:28 amPosted 2 years ago
      Lil Rivera

      Parents need to be held accountable for their children. Maybe THEY should be the one’s to spend time in jail…sounds like a broken home or a broken means of communication between this ‘child’ and family. What a shame…it’s simply a reflection of what could transpire down the road though kids could be rehabilitated in one way or form. Perhaps a week volunteering for maximum security would set this kid straight!

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  • January 26, 2012 1:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Marsha Crane

    I have never understood WHY anyone would hurt/kill defenseless animals! There’s something not right with someone who can. Please hold this kid accountable for MURDERING an innocent, defenseless KITTEN. Breaks my heart to think what a cold, uncaring person like him is capable of!

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    January 26, 2012 1:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    I find the idea that the authorities took this case seriously laughable. 30 days for the murder of a helpless kitten. Not even in a criminal facility but Juvy. And when the little monster grows up to be a big monster, abuses or mutilates and kills humans, you can say his first murder was “taken seriously”. Where does the law get off making homeless and stray less than comfortable and loved? OMG. I hope this monster is identified and persecuted since he really wasn’t prosecuted with real intent. 12 years old is more than old enough to know right from wrong and chose. He needs counselling, rehab and community service at the very LEAST. And a sign above his house saying what kind of monster lives there. That would serve to warn others of his cruelty and remind his parents every day of what they call a son is only an evil mockery of a human.

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      January 28, 2012 10:21 amPosted 2 years ago
      Sheila

      VERY well said Sharon!!!

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      February 8, 2012 11:31 amPosted 2 years ago
      hamby

      Would you advocate a mandatory registration of animal abusers/murderers similar to the sex offender registry? I sure would.

      It is true that there is a strong corrolation between children who torture and kill animals and serial killers. These poor pets and strays serve as practice for humans. Personally, I think this is enough to make the punishments tougher and more meaningful.
      This might save the lives of people-a much more important population to lawmakers and such.

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      March 17, 2012 3:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Mary Regnone

      I totally agree with you Sharon, I couldn’t have said it any better. Bravo to you. All animals should be treated equally weather they have a home or not. All 13 of my kitty’s were orphans and I saved them all, now their both beautiful and loved. People who do these cruel things now at such a young age will in time do it again weather it’s animal or human, it wil happen. Their just mentally ill and need to be dealt with now. Take care and God Bless.

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      April 6, 2012 10:59 amPosted 2 years ago
      K. Hill

      Sharon – you got it right on the head! The laws these days are ridiculous no matter what country they are in. You take a life, no matter who or what that life belongs to, then you should get punished severely. That was a slap on the wrist that monster got. If that was my child I’d probably demand he get worse and let him rot somewhere away from animals and feel deep shame and ensure I could never breed more like him. That was NOT a bully act nor was it a cry for help of any sort. That was pure malice with intent to cause death. In an adult society that screams psychopath – so why not at that age? You do not give “therapy” to them – you get rid of them. The world needs more common sense, not people who have the ridiculous need to be a “pussy” on such a horrific matter. You kill so your rights are forfeit – so simple and it would be a better deterrant than “aww, you did a naughty thing, silly! No dessert for you” law enforcement we have now.

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    January 26, 2012 1:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michelle

    Now, essentially, the kid got a pass for animal abuse. Yet, people wonder why children keep on committing crimes, grow up to be abusive parents, become career criminals, etc. It is because there is no discipline in the home and no consequences when they do something outside the home that is wrong. If you let bullies be bullies it only encourages them to do more bullying. You just ask the kid, and he will tell you he got away with it. He will also tell youi that it’s not the first time he’s done this kind of thing. Go ahead and ask.

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    January 26, 2012 2:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ashley

    This is horrible, just because the poor kitten didn’t have a home shouldnt mean it should get treated any less then if it did have a home… The law is fucked up.. So if someone killed a homeless person the should get a slap on the wrist just because the homeless person didn’t have a home.. Whoever passed this law should be ashamed….

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    January 26, 2012 2:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Emily

    YOU’RE KIDDING ME. I’m 11 and I’m head over heels for every animal.. Look at what the world has turned into! This is the exact reason I’m not a fan of people. It’s because they can be so cruel! That person should be ashamed and I hope he lives in jail! I’m so happy someone stood up for that poor kitten. Last year I wrote a note to the people who control the laws asking for stronger charges and jail sentences against animal abuse and then the laws were raised just last summer…I can never understand why someone would be that cruel! This is why more people should help out, stand up, and BE THEIR VOICE!

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      January 28, 2012 3:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Karen

      Emily, thank you for giving me faith in kids today, I had lost all hope there were good kids/people in this world. Our species is so cruel and indifferent it makes me sick. Humans never fail to disappoint me, NEVER!!
      I hope there are many more like you, the world would be a much better place. Keep up the good work, we appreciate it :)

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  • January 26, 2012 2:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    What a shame he does not live around this way!!!!…

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    January 26, 2012 3:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen m

    I hope someone keeps watching this little thug. Odds are within ten 3 years he’ll be doing the same or worse to a human victim.

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    January 26, 2012 5:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tracey

    What a bunch of you know what! This country is letting itself in for a rude awakening if crimes are not punishable. I hope that the prosecutor runs into a lot of trouble at thugs hands and then we will see if she thinks that they need help and counseling! What an idiot she is! Poor little kitty.

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    January 26, 2012 10:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    sharon

    I followed Littlehearts story from the very begining,and im really sad because it seems like he died in vain.It should just be that an animal whether feral, stray, homeless,or loved, each life is of equal value.Animal abuse is just that,what difference does it make if the animal being abused has an owner or home or not???This goes to show yet again that minors who commit atrocities against animals get off scott free,and grow up to be people like Michael Vick!!!!There is no justice here.DISGUSTING.

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    January 26, 2012 11:28 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lisamarie

    This kid is damaged goods unfortunately– not likely any sort of rehab or therapy will turn him into anything close to a semi-decent human being. Whatever his past is, has been ingrained, and the only thing that MIGHT possibly make a difference – is severe punishment and future fear of consequences. However now the system has showed him compassion, which he will exploit and take advantage of, and he will now go through that same system in some form or another about 10 times before he’s 25 costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars- all of which will be a waste on this piece of trash…

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    January 27, 2012 8:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    karl gerds

    Stray/homeless animals are of less value? That is sad. And this little psycho will undoubtedly go on and on. Eventually he’ll torture/kill another human and maybe then he’ll get put away , unless he’s still under 18!

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    January 27, 2012 12:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jeffrey Tong

    What goes around, comes around. YES, the USA protects violent killers, and YES, this juvenile will go on to do more serious damage, but he’ll eventually get killed in the process. Our country puts its money where its priorities are – waging war & building prisons. Our leaders value material over lives. It’s evident in their actions!

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    January 27, 2012 12:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia Donovan

    Can anyone say Jeffery Dalmer? The next serial killer in the making. Unfortunately someone this damaged needs not only rehabilitation but punishment as well. This is sending a message that animal cruelty is ok as long as you are mentally ill. Not a good message.

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    January 27, 2012 1:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lottie williams

    Another cruel bully been allowed to hurt a beutiful animal he should be in prison for at least 2years poor little heart <3 safe over the rainbow bridge

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    January 27, 2012 2:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Danielle Johnson

    What in the hell are parents teaching their children!!???? I agree that they might want to look into this childs home life, to see what it is that he might endure to make him this way, but then again… some kids…. just thinks it’s ok to have no reguard for another life. I think his punishment should be severe to fit the crime, no matter how old the child is. He did it… he must pay! The biggest lesson in life you can teach that child is that when you commit a crime, against another living creature, there are penalties that you will have to submit to. I am curious as to what they parents of this child has to say. What a horrific experience for those other children to have to witness…. kind makes you so angry that you wanna shake the ever living tar out of that kid that killed the kitten!! Some people, even children, just can’t be helped. I hope the child does get some kind of help and it sticks…. but if he sees this act as if he did nothing wrong, and the severity of this action, he will never understand, and try to correct his mental issue.

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      February 3, 2012 9:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Sue C.

      I agree that we need to look at the parents and the way this future serial killer is being raised. If we made laws to have the parents tried and punished for the crimes of their children and make them serve the time, then maybe the parents would wake up and take more of an interest in how they are raising up the next generation. Someone needs to out the name of this “kid” and let everyone in the town know just what they are dealing with. I agree that what goes around, comes around. I just hope the local authorities don’t find a housefull of dead bodies someday, then look back and wish that they had done more. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. People of Virginia, LOOK OUT!!! The killer may be coming after YOU!!

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    January 27, 2012 5:27 pmPosted 2 years ago
    kim

    They should have sentenced him to a detentipn center at his age he know right from wrong …he is just a mean ass bully !

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    January 27, 2012 7:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie Wilhelm

    This sick child needs to be killed, yes, killed. These are the kids who grow up to be serial killers. The parents should also be SERIOUSLY punished as well for raising the sick fuck. I do not care how young the child, if it is that sick it needs to be sentenced to death!

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      May 6, 2012 10:12 amPosted 2 years ago
      fred cooper

      well said, i could not agree more. this kid needs its throat cut and his perents need sterilising.

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    January 27, 2012 9:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Harri

    Somebody’s kid will be next. It’s inevitable.

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  • January 28, 2012 12:44 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    Samantha (Williams) …Have you heard the saying “Give me the child until the age of seven and I will give you the man” ///This ‘child’ has gone beyond his formative years so it is highly probable he will grow up to be the same type of adult as he is now… Too old for any change of character… I wonder what his upbringing has taught him?… Personally, if I could, I would do as the French used to do in the 1700s…Throw him and his parents in the Bastille (or the equivalent) and throw away the key…Cruel maybe, but fair…

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  • January 28, 2012 1:13 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    1500s, not 1700s (Bastille)

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  • January 30, 2012 9:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jane Kostopoulos

    I totally lost faith in humanity. This is why I love animals more. This is a never ending story. The court system in our country sucks. When it becomes an eye for an eye I will be happy. Whatever happened to the “hero” Jamarea??????

    Little Heart’s memorial page at our cats site:

    http://ourcats1961.webs.com/memorials/little_heart.html

    RIP Little Heart! WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!!

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    January 31, 2012 6:29 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Karen

    How is it possible that a child of only 12 has so much anger in them, where are the parents, what the HELL happened….Why beat on a defenceliss kitten that only wants to be loved and have child play fun, with any one or any animal that just wants to PLAY… Dam it makes my stomach hurt, and my heart….. Damm that kid, someone should play with him like that…. MEoW

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  • February 3, 2012 1:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    marlene

    he is areal murder asasine, the way he just had killed an inocent kiiting. he need more then a terape he need jail time for god sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    February 3, 2012 9:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    valhalla

    So-because an animal doesn’t have a home it’s open slather -you can inflict any form of cruelty ,it’s the act itself that is being questioned ,not to whom or what it is being done to,poor little baby,I can’t even imagine why anyone would want to be so cruel to a defencless kitten,perhaps he should be made to work with animals,it might change his attitude

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    February 5, 2012 6:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judy Cook

    This child is one sick individual and needs help.
    As usual the law is an ass It is about time we took a big look at these idiots on the bench and held them accountable.
    What a sickening act of cruelty !!

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      March 17, 2012 5:25 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Terri Johnson

      Hate to break it to you Judy, but this kid is obviously a “sociopath”, and there is no “helping” him….. None of the drugs or treatments, found to date, have been able to cure or rehabilitate sociopathy……..

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    February 6, 2012 11:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bad kitty

    I know there is a special place in Bast’s Kingdom for the kitty who was so brutally tourtured…..but I hope there is just such a special place in HELL for this boys soul…where he suffers enternal horrors like he inflicted……better still as I believe in Reincarnation I really really hope this poor kitty’s soul is reincarnated quickly into someone or something that will tourture this boy NOW during his earth bound Life

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  • February 8, 2012 11:33 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    @Bad Kitty. I too believe in reincarnation, and I also believe in Karma…’We reap what we sow’…Like so many other people, this story makes me want to cry, get angry and seek revenge/punishment for such cruelty. Something the do gooders of the world seem incapable of…but I know that would be wrong. This child is old enough to know right from wrong and I truly believe and trust, that one day, Karma will show itself to him…and his parents, or the people who brought him up….

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    February 26, 2012 5:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cindi switzer

    He needs punishment. I know a few people with Mental Illnesses and none of them are cruel to animals Generally they love them & are kind. This kid is just mean & needs to be taught right from wrong! RIP Little Heart! And RIP to my Alex who was shot & killed by a kid with a bb gun July 2011. Couldnt prove it so he got away with it. Animal cruelty laws need to be tougher & huge fines enforced!

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    March 25, 2012 12:34 amPosted 2 years ago
    Annette

    The first question to ask is what the hell was a 12 year old doing with a pocket knife in the first place???!!! Rest In Peace Little Heart. Some humans love and care about you even though the government of Va. doesn’t!!!

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    April 25, 2012 1:21 amPosted 2 years ago
    Kalani

    This person is lower than a piece of garbage, and I hope that someday he gets his head blown off by someone whom he is trying to victimize. The earth would be a better place without this filthy piece of trash walking around and murdering and killing animals, and most likely also people, when he gets tired of abusing animals.

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    May 1, 2012 1:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tony

    If that kid or any other person is caught abusing cats where I live then the next picture of him will be on a carton of milk.

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